2010 Year In Review: Cougars Hitters, P3

Our 2010 Year in Review series continues, with a move from the mound to the plate. In a three-part series, David Malamut takes a look at the hitters for the 2010 Kane County Cougars. He concludes with the outfielders.

2010 Kane County Cougars
Team Batting Average: .255 (9th out of 16 teams)
Team OBP: .337 (3rd)
Team OPS: 710 (9th)
HRs: 66 (13th)
Runs Scored: 669 (6th)

The outfielders this year had some ups and downs throughout the season. Jose Crisotomo, Rashun Dixon, Franklin Hernandez, Tyreace House, Mitchell LeVier, Myrio Richard and Kent Walton all had their moments in the sun.

Crisotomo to me was a surprise. He is basically a slap hitter without much, if any, power. He just got the big hit when it was needed. Usually he would hit in the second spot behind Conner Crumbliss. Crisotomo only had 173 at-bats this year in 49 games and he he .260. Crisotomo also appeared in 13 games for short-season Vancouver and nine games for High-A Stockton. With Kane County, he spent a lot of time as a pitch runner, since he does posses good speed. He is a singles hitter. His on-base percentage was only .301 as he drew 10 walks. Crisotomo also had four doubles and two triples and a 607 OPS, but finished with 25 RBIs.

Dixon was supposed to be the big power hitter on the team, but he struggled with early season injuries that took its toll on him. He had a sore left wrist in May that sent him to the disabled list and he struck out 135 times in 444 at-bats in 119 games. Dixon did hit 8 homers and 18 doubles and he walked 58 times, while posting a .371 OBP. Dixon finished up the season well, hitting .333 in August and .348 in September. Overall, he hit .275 with a 754 OPS. He does have some speed for a big man, and had three triples and nine stolen bases. Defensively it was a challenge. He needs a lot of work on his routes to the ball, but he has a good strong arm.

Hernandez spent his second season with the Cougars. He struggled mightily and was released in early June. He hit .193 in 33 games.

House was ok. He hit .245 in 121 games, hitting near the top of the order most of the time. His speed was a good asset, as was his plate patience. He had 37 stolen bases and 83 runs scored. His on-base percentage was .396, as he walked 96 times. Unfortunately, he didn't hit for any power, collecting only 14 extra-base hits in 424 at-bats.

LeVier came back after having Tommy John surgery the year before and played in the second half. He hit .313 in 22 games, hitting three homers. In 96 at-bats he did strike out 23 times and only walked nine times, but he had an 861 OPS and drove-in 21 runs in 25 games.

Richard spent a lot of time on the disabled list, mostly with leg problems. In the time that he did play he hit in the middle of the order. Richard hit .281 in 98 games with two homers and 11 stolen bases in 18 chances. He had an OPS of 743 and 38 walks in 358 at-bats.

Walton spent the first half of the season with the Cougars before being sent up to Stockton. He hit .270 in 52 games with two homers and 18 doubles and a slugging percentage of .407. He also missed some time due injury.

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