The 19th season of Williamsport Crosscutters baseball ended with a win on September 7th in State College to push the Cutters season record to .500 (37-37). The team has finished .500 or better in each of Pat Borders three seasons as he set the mark for most career victories as Cutters manager.
It was a dismal start to the 2017 campaign as the squad dropped six of their first seven games . But the team was soon bolstered by the addition of many of the Phillies top picks in 2017 including 1st round pick OF Adam Haseley. Overall, six of the Phillies top 10 picks in 2017 played in Williamsport. After the rough start the Cutters were 36-31 the rest of the season on the way to .500.
2017 was certainly a historic year in Williamsport professional baseball history. The season marked the debut of over $4 million in renovations to BB&T Ballpark. The upgrades included all new stadium seating, new expanded safety netting, & the Loggers Landing premium deck along with a new MLB quality playing surface and dugouts. BB&T Ballpark was featured on the national stage, hosting the MLB Little League Classic on August 20 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The game, televised nationally on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, is expected to return in 2018!
The Cutters averaged almost 1,800 fans per game in 2017 (a 4% increase), making BB&T Ballpark one of the most popular entertainment venues in the Susquehanna Valley.
Here's our annual season in review, by the numbers …
44- Number of players to appear in a Cutters uniform this season
11- Saves by Luis Ramirez- tops in the New York-Penn League
6- Number of different pitchers who recorded saves for Williamsport
.560- League-leading Slugging Percentage by Jhailyn Ortiz. This marks the 2nd year in a row that a Cutter led the category after Darick Hall led in '16
4- Number of home rainouts
54- Number of times Cutters batter were Hit by Pitch in 2017, tying the team record set in 2005.
11- Players promoted to long-season A Lakewood in 2017
133- Doubles hit by Cutters batters, tied with State College for tops in the league.
2- Players traded during the season. RHP Tyler Frowirth to the Miami Marlins organization & catcher James Lovett to the Seattle Mariners organization. Frowirth was assigned to the Batavia MuckDogs and faced his former teammates numerous times during the season.
4- Top 30 Prospects on the roster. OF Adam Haseley (#7), 3B Cole Stobbe (#14), OH Jhailyn Ortiz (#20) & RHP Spencer Howard (#21) all played for the Cutters in 2017 and were ranked by MLB Pipeline as Top 30 Prospects in the Phillies organization
13-13- Record in 1-run games
199- Walks by Cutters batters, tied for lowest in the league with Mahoning Valley
281- Walks given up by Cutters pitchers, second only to Tri-City's 290.
37- Number of wins by the Cutters
85- Number of Wild Pitches thrown by Cutters pitchers, second in the league to Hudson Valley's 86.
122- Number of Cutters career victories by manager Pat Borders (2015-2017), the most by a Cutters manager
108- Number of Community Service hours performed by Cutters players during the 2017 season
9- Former Williamsport Crosscutters who made their MLB Debut (as of 9/14)
61,082- Fans attending games in 2017. Up 4% from 2016.
Thanks to all Cutters fans who helped make 2017 memorable and successful. We look forward with great anticipation to Opening Night 2018!
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