His transition to full-season league baseball with the Savannah Sand Gnats in 2005 however did not go as well, posting a 3-10 mark with a 6.52 ERA in 34 appearances in the South Atlantic League. For the purposes of this article, we'll focus on his splits with Savannah, seeing as he logged the majority of his time in 2005 with the Sand Gnats.
As bad as his start was with the Sand Gnats, Trahan's finish wasn't any better. He went 0-5 in his last eight appearances with Savannah, posting an 8.10 ERA during that time and he didn't throw scoreless outings in consecutive appearances over his final 19 games.
However, the right-handed hurler allowed opposing right-handed batters to tee off of him to the tune of a .318 average, a number not acceptable considering the traditional baseball matchups. Even more than the average was the amount of extra-base hits Trahan served up to righties. 39% of the hits he allowed to right-handed batters went for extra bases, a big reason for the lofty ERA.
However, opposing batters hit just .239 off of him when the bases were empty this past season, a more than acceptable batting average against. That number jumped all the way up to .393 with runners on base, which is a clear indication that Trahan prefers to pitch out of the wind-up.
All five of his home runs served up with Savannah this past season came with runners on base and 18 of his 25 extra-base hits allowed came out of the stretch. So while his ERA's may not show he favors being a starter, his splits clearly indicate he does.
Opposing batters hit .357 off of him overall with runners on base and with two outs in 2005, including a .333 batting average with runners in scoring position and with two outs. Bearing down and getting more batters out when there's two outs in the inning would shave a considerable amount of runs off of his ERA. Once he learns to pitch better in those situations, his confidence would increase and his turnaround could have a snow-ball effect as a result.
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