Splitsville: Brian Bormaster (v1.1)

"Splitsville" is a series of articles on the Blue Jays prospects that we'll be doing throughout their minor league careers. In version one/chapter one (v1.1) of Brian Bormaster we'll look at a variety of "splits" from his 2005 season with the Auburn Doubledays and examine his play in more detail.

Brian Bormaster began the 2005 season at extended spring training and was slated to begin playing with the Auburn Doubledays in June. The Blue Jays, however, drafted catcher Josh Bell out of Auburn during the 2005 draft and that slid Bormaster down in the depth chart. Nonetheless, the tough-minded catcher did not let that affect him and he proved during the 2005 season that he is not only an excellent receiver and defensive catcher, but also can handle that bat well.

Home Sweet Home: Bormaster was outstanding at home this past season posting a .420 (21-50) average in nineteen games. Bormaster also scored seven times while hitting three doubles and driving in eleven runs at home. In twenty-two games on the road, the catcher scored twelve times, while hitting five doubles, one home run and drove in seven runs.

Solid Start-Finish: Bormaster hit well during the month of July batting .306 (15-49) with ten runs scored. The Auburn catcher also had an outstanding finish to his season batting .647 (11-17) with three runs scored over his final six games of the regular season.

No Reason to Move Out: Bormaster played all of his forty-one games behind the plate, despite the fact that Auburn had three catchers on the roster, and played two of them in most games. The 23-year-old is an outstanding defensive catcher and calls a great game for his team. He handles the pitchers well and has an above average throwing arm, making him a luxury to an organization.

Lower Half Hitter: Although Bormaster hit in the bottom half of the lineup this season his impact was still felt. The catcher had most of his at bats in the seventh spot and batted .279 (12-42). In thirty-six at bats in the sixth hole, Bormaster hit .389 (14-36). Bormaster also hit .350 (7-20) in the fifth spot of the lineup, and in eleven at bats in the eighth hole he picked up five hits in 2005.

Pure Clutch: Bormaster was an effective hitter this past season with men on base and runners in scoring position. The right-hander hit .357 (20-56) with eighteen runs scored and seventeen runs batted in with runners on base, and .424 (14-33) with runners in scoring position. With two outs and men in scoring position, Bormaster hit .375 (6-16)

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