Mickey Morandini's inaugural season at the helm was largely a successful one, as the Cutters ended the season with an impressive 43-33 record. That record was good for second place in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League, as the squad finished just two-and-a-half games behind first-place Auburn.
Staying in the postseason hunt until the final series of the year, the team was backed all season by a stellar rotation and dominant bullpen. Guided by second-year pitching coach Lance Carter, the Cutters finished with a league-best 2.98 team ERA. The pitching staff ended the year allowing the second-fewest runs and home runs in the league, while also taking second place in saves.
A number of young hitters also helped fuel Williamsport's success on offense. Outfielders Aaron Altherr and Kyrell Hudson returned to the team and saw their production and development take a large step forward. Third baseman Maikel Franco, one of the youngest players in the league, led the team in RBI's, showing on a daily basis why he has a bright future in professional baseball.
The 2011 season will also be remembered by the event of August 2, when the team bus was involved in a jarring accident in Staten Island. The group on board was shaken but largely unhurt, as the unforeseen incident proved to be a bonding experience for all of those involved.
All-Stars - Altherr, Hudson, and Kelly Dugan, the team's starting outfield for the majority of the season, all represented the Cutters in the 2011 All-Star game in Lowell, Massachusetts. Additionally, starting pitcher Mike Nesseth and reliever Gabriel Arias earned All-Star nods, as they both pitched in the top-talent showcase on August 16.
League Leaders - Several 2011 Cutters found themselves amongst the best in several important statistical categories: Kyrell Hudson swiped two bags in the Cutters season finale to give him 28 on the season, good for a first-place tie with Staten Island's Mason Williams. Altherr finished fourth in the league with 25 steals.
Harold Martinez finished 10th in the league with 37 walks, as he drew 12 more than anyone else on his own team.
Lino Martinez ended the year with a 2.70 ERA, good for ninth place in the league. Martinez, just 18 years old, was the youngest member of the Cutters roster.
Juary Gomez finished seventh overall with 10 saves on the year. The Cutters closer finished 4-1 with a 2.84 ERA over 38 innings pitched.
By the Numbers - unique notes and stats from the 2011 season:
76 - Number of games played by the Cutters, one of only two teams to complete the full schedule this year.
18-6 - Cutters record against teams outside the Pinckney Division this season.
2 -Number of earned runs allowed by Cutters reliever Austin Brough all year, as he finished with a 0.47 ERA over 38 innings of work.
3 - Number of earned runs allowed in the month of August by relievers Brough, Jesus Pirela, Matt Campbell, and Colton Murray in 63 combined innings.
38 - Number of RBI's by team-leader Maikel Franco, who topped second-place Aaron Altherr by seven despite playing in 17 less games.
53 - Combined steals by Kyrell Hudson and Aaron Altherr, 15 more than the entire Brooklyn Cyclones team.
5 - Number of times Kelly Dugan reached first base on catcher's interference; no other player in the league did it more than once.
486 - Number of strikeouts by Williamsport hitters, second-fewest in the league this season.
20 - Total home runs hit by the Cutters, tied for last in the league.
15 - Number of 2011 Phillies draftees who spent time with the Cutters this season; nine pitchers and six position players.
4 - Number of countries represented on the Cutters roster, including the United States, Canada, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic.