In their first season as an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox wrapped up the 2015 campaign with an overall record of 62-81 under manager Rick Sweet.
While Double-A Biloxi tried to keep their roster together for much of the season, Colorado Springs spent the year shuttling players between Triple-A and the big leagues. With a mix of veterans like Pete Orr, Nevin Ashley and Matt Long, and youngsters such as Luis Sardinas, Kyle Wren and Yadiel Rivera, the Sky Sox ended the season in last place in the Pacific Coast League’s American Northern Division, 23.5 games behind the first place Oklahoma City Dodgers.
The Sky Sox season got off to a rocky start, as they won just six games in April, finishing the month with a record of 6-14. They showed improvement in May, but still wrapped up the month under .500 with a 13-16 record. After going 12-15 in June, Colorado Springs went just 12-17 in July, a month that included both a season-high five game losing streak from July 3rd-7th and a season-high five game winning streak from the July 12th-19th. The Sky Sox managed to play .500 ball in the month of August, going 16-16, and making the month the only one without a losing record. They wrapped up the year by going 3-4 in seven September contests for a .434 winning percentage, fourth lowest in the PCL.
The Sky Sox placed a pair of players on the Pacific Coast League All-Star team in 2015. Starting pitcher Tyler Cravy was initially selected to represent Colorado Springs, but after he was promoted to Milwaukee in early June he was replaced by relief pitcher David Gofoth. The PCL fell to the International League by a score of 4-3, but Goforth managed a scoreless inning of relief. He entered the game in the top of the sixth inning and faced five batters, allowing two hits, but worked around the base runners to retire the side.
Games Played: Matt Clark (132), Matt Long (132), Luis Sardinas (103)
Runs: Matt Clark (70), Matt Long (65), Pete Orr (56)
Hits: Matt Clark (139), Matt Long (116), Luis Sardinas (110)
Doubles: Matt Clark (34), Matt Long (29), Luis Sardinas (17)
Triples: Matt Long (7), Luis Sardinas (5), Pete Orr (5)
Home Runs: Matt Clark (20), Jason Rogers (8), Nevin Ashley (8)
RBI: Matt Clark (77), Nevin Ashley (61), Matt Long (54)
Walks: Matt Clark (58), Matt Long (43), Nevin Ashley (32)
Stolen Bases: Luis Sardinas (16), Kyle Wren (16), Pete Orr (15)
Batting Average: Elian Herrera (.357), Jason Rogers (.344), Robinzon Diaz (.322)
OPS: Jason Rogers (1.056), Ben Guez (.914), Shane Peterson (.911)
Wins: Josh Roenicke (7), Tyler Cravy (7), Rob Wooten (5)
ERA: David Goforth (2.68), Michael Kirkman (2.81), Jaye Chapman (3.16)
Appearances: Rob Wooten (44), Ariel Pena (43), David Goforth (38)
Saves: Jaye Chapman (15), Corey Knebel (6), David Goforth (4)
Innings Pitched: Josh Roenicke (123.0), Tyler Cravy (95.1), Drew Gagnon (89.2)
Strikeouts: Ariel Pena (83), Tyler Cravy (75), Josh Roenicke (71)
WHIP: Hiram Burgos (1.17), Jaye Chapman (1.22), Tyler Cravy (1.29)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Matt Clark: The 28-year-old slugging first baseman toiled away at Triple-A all season due to Adam Lind’s success in Milwaukee and wound up leading the Sky Sox in games played, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI and runs scored. In 132 games with Colorado Springs, Clark hit .291 with 34 doubles and 20 home runs while knocking in 77 runs.
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Tyler Cravy: Splitting the season between Milwaukee and Colorado Springs, the 26-year-old Cravy made 17 starts at Triple-A, going 7-7 with a 3.97 earned run average. Despite making 14 big league appearances, Cravy still ranked among the Sky Sox team leaders in both innings pitched and strikeouts.