Rancho Cucamonga Hitter of the Year
Howie Kendrick was awesome too
Howie Kendrick was awesome too

Posted Dec 29, 2005

Is there really any question about who was the best hitter playing in Rancho Cucamonga for the Angels High-A affiliate? Brandon Wood was dominant from start to finish in claiming the title with the only real threat being Howie Kendrick.

Perhaps the most surprising stat for the Quakes was there .275 average as a team – second to last in the league and their on base percentage of .336 was the lowest total in the California League. Imagine what it would have been without these two.

Shortstop Brandon Wood turned up the dial on his season the second game of the year when he hit his first homer. It would be the first of many (43).

Wood ended up homering in back-to-back games 12 times on the season with three different streaks lasting three games. He did homer five times over three games in August, knocking in 13 over that span.

Wood also added 51 doubles and four triples – en route to posting over 100 extra base hits over two leagues. He ended up with 28 multi-RBI games on the year – beating the amount of multi-hit games many players had.

Hitting .321 in 130 games, Wood ended up leading the team in almost all offensive categories, including runs scored (109), hits (172), RBI’s (115) and, of course, doubles and homers.

Wood also provided solid defense, committing 20 errors in 124 games at shortstop on the fast track of the California League.

The only real challenger was Howard Kendrick but he only saw action in 63 games for the Quakes before moving up to tear up the Texas League.

During his stint in High-A, Kendrick hit .384 with a .421 on base percentage. The second baseman registered a hit in 55 of the 63 games he played in for the Quakes and recorded 35 multi-hit games.

For those that are mathematically challenged it means he recorded a multi-hit game more often than a single-hit affair – or 64 percent of the time he recorded one hit, he also notched at least one more hit.

Kendrick averaged over a run scored per game (69) and notched 107 hits in his 63 games with 14 walks, putting him on base nearly twice a game. The right-handed hitter ended up with 23 doubles, six triples, 12 homers and 47 RBI’s before moving up to Double-A. He also added 13 thefts in 17 stolen base attempts.

There is no doubt Kendrick was amazing – he just came across a player that was more amazing in Brandon Wood.

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