As the Owlz’ closer, Kevin Lynch went 1-1 and saved nine games. Lynch, who turns 23 in January, was drafted in the 26th round this year.
Lynch also saw two games in both the Texas League with Arkansas and the Pacific Coast League with Salt Lake.
In two appearances with the then Stingers – now Bees – Lynch allowed six hits but where he was at his best was with runners in scoring position (RISP). Of the 12 batters he faced, seven were in scoring position. He held the opposition to one hit in those situations, a .143 average.
His luck petered out with the Travelers. He allowed five runs in four innings, allowing the leadoff hitter to reach base in each inning. While his 2-of-9 mark with RISP was again solid, Lynch gave up two homers.
Oh so tired!
Lynch had a commanding 0.76 ERA on August 21 with the Orem Owls. In his first 18 outings, spanning 23.1 innings, he surrendered just two runs. His average against was a slim .159.
Things took a turn for the worse over his last six outings. The right-hander allowed four runs over his final eight innings of work and gave up nine hits over that span.
Amazingly, his average against still ended up at .198 and his ERA for the year 1.71.
Work from the stretch, all the time!
He was in the game eight times with the bases loaded and allowed just one hit.
As with his work in Double-A and Triple-A, Lynch was immensely effective with RISP. He held the opposition to a .179 average against – seven hits in 39 at bats. That number dipped to .150 with RISP and two outs. With runners on any base, his average against was .189 – as opposed to the .292 average he yielded to the leadoff hitter in an inning.
It makes you wonder if Lynch was working from the windup to begin the inning and working from the stretch with runners on. Seems like a clear indication that he should be working from the stretch from now until eternity.