Chris Hayes was voted the Bees’ 2007 Player of the Month by our fans. The popular submariner, Northwestern grad, and soon-to-be husband finished with a 3.10 ERA and 11 saves. In a close campaign, Hayes edged fellow reliever Aaron Hartsock, who was 7-4 with a 2.62 ERA.
With the season behind us, here’s a rundown of the other players who received post-season accolades for their contributions to the Bees’ 61-77 season that was capped by a 7-5 win at Clinton on Monday:
Michael Thompson was named the DH on the Midwest League’s post-season all-star team. His 19 home runs were the fourth-highest total in the league, while his 54 RBI topped the team’s charts (eight more than Brady Everett’s 46 RBI).
The Kansas City Royals named Joe Dickerson and Mario Santiago the Bees’ Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Dickerson hit a team-best .289, tied for the ninth-best average in the league. The outfielder enjoyed a 17-game hitting streak and a franchise record of reaching base safely in 35 straight games, spanning late June to early August. The right-handed Santiago finished with a 3.74 ERA and a deceptive 5-10 record.
The Bees’ 2007 stat leaders:
Games: Kurt Mertins, 125
At Bats: Mertins, 445
Runs: Mertins, 70
Hits: Dickerson, 121
Doubles: Everett, 30
Home Runs: Thompson, 19
Runs Batted In: Thompson, 54
Total Bases: Brady Everett, 166
Bases-on-Balls: Mertins, 50
Stolen Bases: Derrick Robinson, 34 (tied for third in the league)
On-Base Percentage: Dickerson, .354
Slugging Percentage: Everet, .432
Average: Dickerson, .289
Wins (Tie): Hartsock and Harold Mozingo, 7 each
ERA: Santiago, 3.74
Games Pitched (Tie): Hayes and Hartsock, 42 each
Games Started: Everett Teaford, 21
Saves: Hayes, 11
Innings Pitched: Teaford, 134.2
Strikeouts: Josh Cribb, 94
Note: The Bees pitching staff pitched 12 shutouts, tied with Peoria for most in the league. However, due to the team’s piggyback system, only one Bee threw a complete-game shutout: Mozingo in a seven-inning game that was part of a double header.
Final stats for the 2007 season are here.