2010 Year In Review: Ports Hitters

Our 2010 Year in Review series continues, with a move from the mound to the plate. We take a look at the hitters for the 2010 Stockton Ports.

Stockton Ports
Team Batting Average:
.269 (7th out of 10 teams)
Team OBP: .350 (4th)
Team OPS: 782 (3rd)
HRs: 143 (2nd)
Runs Scored: 755 (3rd)


Note: Only players with at least 100 at-bats were covered in this article

Despite an early season slump that affected nearly the entire team, the Stockton Ports finished the year as arguably the best offensive team among the A's minor league affiliates. The Oakland front office chose to keep most of the core players together throughout the season and the Ports came together during the final months of the year when they used a long winning streak to qualify for the playoffs.

The Ports had five players who appeared in at least 125 games and two of them – Grant Green and Stephen Parker – were named to the post-season California League and Topps Class A All-Star teams after putting together standout seasons.

Green, the A's top pick in 2009, was one of several Ports who had to overcome a slow start. He posted a 724 OPS in April and a 786 OPS in May before breaking through with a 1036 OPS in June. He would post 900+ OPSs for the rest of the season and he finished the year with a .318/.363/.520 line. Green finished in the Cal League's top-15 in several categories, including batting average (7th), homers (12th), hits (2nd), RBIs (9th), runs scored (3rd), doubles (3rd) and OPS (8th).

Parker hit behind Green in the Stockton line-up for the majority of the season, and, like Green, found himself among the league leaders in a number of offensive categories at season's end. Parker was one of the few Ports who hit well right from the start of the season. In fact, Parker was a model of consistency, maintaining an OPS no lower than 825 in every month of the season. He finished with a .296/.392/.508 line in a team-high 139 games. Parker was in the top-15 in the Cal League in SLG (10th), homers (11th), RBIs (4th), walks (2nd), OBP (7th), runs scored (6th), hits (10th) and OPS (7th).

Supporting Green and Parker in the middle of the line-up were two right-handed sluggers: Michael Spina and Jeremy Barfield. Spina, the Ports' first-baseman, led the team with 23 homeruns and finished seventh in the league in that category. He also racked up 88 RBIs while playing in 135 games. Barfield had his ups-and-downs during the season, but he finished second on the team in RBIs with 92 and fourth on the team in homeruns with 17. He also led the league in outfield assists with 24.

Tyler Ladendorf was the Ports' fifth ironman, appearing in 126 games with Stockton (he also spent a week with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, appearing in four games). Ladendorf played five defensive positions for Stockton, but was primarily the team's second baseman. He was excellent with the glove at all five positions. At the plate, Ladendorf hit for decent average (.274) and was second on the team in stolen bases with 20 (in 24 chances).

Aside from Ladendorf, only Jermaine Mitchell reached double-digits in steals for the Ports in 2010. Mitchell, in his third season with Stockton, had his best year since 2007. In 78 games with the Ports, he hit .309/.413/.523 with 10 homers and 21 stolen bases. He also played well defensively in center and left field. Mitchell also spent six weeks of the season with Double-A Midland and one week with Sacramento. He didn't hit particularly well with either of those teams, but he did have a big hit for the River Cats in a series against Fresno that helped Sacramento clinch the division title.

Catcher Yusuf Carter had only 180 at-bats with the Ports in 2010, but he made them count. The 2009 California League All-Star joined the Ports in July after starting the season in Midland. He hit .278/.325/.572 with the Ports and was one of six Stockton players to reach double-digits in homeruns (he had 13).

The catcher position was a good one offensively for Stockton, as Ryan Ortiz and Petey Paramore also contributed at the plate while playing the position. Ortiz hit .277/.394/.479 in 188 at-bats with Stockton. His biggest weakness in 2010 was his health, as a sore right shoulder cost him the final seven weeks of the season. Paramore, the A's third-round pick in 2008, didn't hit for much power with Stockton, but he reached base at a .391 clip thanks to a 34:37 BB:K ratio in 46 games. He would spend the second half of the season with Midland.

Outfielder David Thomas had an up-and-down season with Stockton. He missed much of the first half of the year with injury, appearing in only eight games for Stockton before the All-Star break (he appeared in three games for Midland). When he came back, he struggled, but he finished the season on an up-note, batting .292/.407/.444 in August while the Ports were making their push towards the playoffs. He also played well defensively in centerfield.

Toddric Johnson missed the first six weeks of the season with injury. He wound-up with 307 at-bats with the Ports, but struggled, batting only .205//267/.326. Shane Keough also struggled in his 251 at-bats with the Ports and was released by the A's in July after hitting only .223/.291/.311 in his second season with Stockton.

Kent Walton joined the team midseason after spending the first half of the year with Kane County. The outfielder didn't play everyday with the Ports, but still managed to pick up 140 at-bats in 41 games. He had a .257/.323/.371 line overall, but was significantly better when he was playing in the field (.325/.388/.468 line in 77 at-bats as a LF as opposed to a .180/.239/.262 line in 61 at-bats as a DH).


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