2005 Vermont Position Prospect Review

CapitolDugout.com looks at the peripherals stats of the Vermont Expos' hitters to project development and even give an early forecast where they might be playing in 2006. We'll examine the guys who played a majority of the season with the Vermont Expos, those who had a minimum of 110 at-bats with the team and did not collect more than 100 at-bats with any other team.

Rolando Arnedo - 1B

Originally signed by the Diamondbacks out of Argentina back in 2001, Arnedo was signed by the Expos in June of 2004 and spent a total of three seasons in the Dominican Summer League before making his debut with the Gulf Coast League Nationals this past season. Arnedo wound up replacing an injured Howell in the Vermont lineup. He hit 10 home runs in 518 Dominican Summer League at-bats but didn't go deep in 2005. In fact, the 22-year old hit just 6.3% of his base hits for extra bases in 2005. That number is not only unacceptable for a first baseman, it is dreadful for any starting player. He's a patient hitter, but he'll need to show more power to have any chance at the higher levels. Arnedo might be able to secure a backup role with Savannah to start the year in 2006, but a trip back to Vermont is not out of the question.

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

RISP

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Vermont

.286

.429

.304

.273

.138

6.3

112



Dee Brown - OF

The son of former Philadelphia Eagles' defensive end Jerome Brown, Dee was both a football and baseball player for the University of Central Florida before being selected by the Nationals in the 10th round of the 2005 MLB Draft. Brown is a very powerful and athletic outfielder who posted very solid peripheral numbers in his first season as a pro. His .288 batting average with runners in scoring position was among the best on the team. He finished second on the team in doubles and home runs. His extra-base hit percentage this past season was also good enough to warrant a spot on the Savannah Sand Gnats in 2006. Brown should break Spring Training with a long-season team league.

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

RISP

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Vermont

.283

.342

.484

.288

.061

36.5

184



Jose Contreras - SS

Signed as an International free agent out Venezuela by the Expos back in 2001, Contreras just completed his fourth minor league season. He has proven one thing in those four seasons: he certainly can draw a walk. His .175 walk ratio is unheard of for a player with his number of at-bats, and even though his batting average has been relatively unspectacular, he's very valuable because of his ability to get on base. While he's adept at putting himself on base, Contreras hasn't shown enough power to make the necessary jump in levels. He still hasn't homered in 774 professional at-bats. If he can improve just his gap power and utilize his speed to get more doubles, the 20-year old Contreras could be a factor in the future. He'll be the frontrunner for the starting shortstop position with Savannah out of Spring Training next season.

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

RISP

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Vermont

.253

.384

.282

.208

.175

11.5

241



Mike Daniel - OF

Drafted in the 7th round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of the University of North Carolina, Daniel was solid across the board in his professional debut with the Vermont Expos. He displayed a good eye at the plate and contributed with an adequate extra-base hit percentage, although somewhat low for a corner outfielder. He was one of the more consistent run producers with runners in scoring position this past season and he is one of the few strong candidates for the Savannah starting outfield next season.

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

RISP

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Vermont

.260

.351

.357

.278

.110

21.3

235



Leonard Davis - 3B

Drafted in the 8th round of the 2004 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos, Davis did a complete 180 degree turnaround from his professional debut with the GCL Expos a year ago. He hit just .182 with 58 strikeouts in 42 games in 2004 and became one of the most consistent hitters in the Vermont lineup in 2005. As tremendous as his season was however, there is substantial room for improvement judging from his peripherals. His walk ratio was below average and despite finishing second in the team in RBI, Davis' .174 batting average with runners in scoring position was sub-par for batting in a run producing spot in the lineup. Still, Davis will get a chance to refine his game in the South Atlantic League as Savannah's starting third baseman in 2006.

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

RISP

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Vermont

.300

.348

.489

.174

.048

32.4

237



John Howell - 1B/OF

A college teammate of Dee Brown's, Howell was drafted in the 9th round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of the University of Central Florida. Howell was absolutely raking the ball before a torn labrum ended his debut season prematurely. Battling through the injury much of the season, Howell gets a pass on his power numbers due to his ailing shoulder. Even with the clipped wing, Howell put up some impressive numbers. Howell is an advanced hitter that can play a variety of infield and outfield positions. He'll be a favorite to break Spring Training in 2006 with a long-season league, most likely beginning the year with Savannah. Don't be surprised if he's challenged at a higher level pretty quickly though.

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

RISP

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Vermont

.363

.403

.487

.214

.074

19.4

113



Andrew Lane - 2B

Drafted in the 27th round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of Grand Canyon University, Lane split time with Eduardo Nunez as Vermont's second baseman this past season. Lane's peripherals were better than his overall numbers. He posted an above average walk ratio, something that could help him as he progresses through the Nationals' farm system. His extra-base hit percentage was also acceptable for a middle infielder as well. Lane has a shot at being the starting second baseman for Savannah in 2006 but he'll need to start posting some numbers at the higher levels in order to open some eyes.

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

RISP

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Vermont

.204

.291

.248

.235

.103

21.7

113



Lorvin Louisa - OF

Originally signed by the Montreal Expos out of the Netherlands, the 22-year old Louisa just completed his sixth season in the Expos/Nationals' organization in 2005. It was also his fourth season with the Vermont Expos this past year and Louisa still hasn't made the necessary strides in his game to make him a logical choice for a spot in the Savannah outfield next season. While his power was good enough, his rather miniscule walk ratio and lack of production with runners in scoring position are disheartening for a player with his experience. Chances are though that there's no way the Nationals can bring Louisa back for another year of short-season baseball and a fifth year in the NY-Penn League in 2006.

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

RISP

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Vermont

.211

.258

.331

.189

.044

32.4

175



Francisco Plasencia - OF

Originally signed by the Milwaukee Brewers out of Venezuela back in 2000, Plasencia spent three inauspicious years in the Brewers organization at the rookie level before being released in 2003 and subsequently signed by the Nationals in 2005. Plasencia, who had just three career home runs in 557 at-bats before the 2005 season, did his best Carlos Beltran imitation with the Vermont Expos this past year. Not only were his overall numbers phenomenal, so were his peripherals. Proving he was a complete player in 2005, Plasencia had an above average walk ratio, hit almost 37% of base knocks for extra-bases, and hit a robust .403 with runners in scoring position. He'll be Savannah's starting centerfielder in 2006 and he'll be out to prove that his 2005 performance was no fluke.

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

RISP

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Vermont

.300

.367

.504

.403

.094

36.9

280



John Poppert - C

Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 17th round of the 2004 MLB Draft, Poppert debuted with the Vermont Expos in the NY-Penn League last season and hit just .219 with two home runs in 31 games. With the likes of Devin Ivany and Luke Montz battling for playing time at the catcher's spot for Savannah, Poppert was forced to Extended Spring Training this past season due to a number's crunch at the position. While his walk ratio and extra-base hit percentage were above average, especially for a catcher, Poppert's average was concerning. Still, with Montz and Ivany most likely heading to Potomac in 2006, Poppert should secure a spot in Savannah.

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

RISP

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Vermont

.199

.273

.331

.167

.093

37.0

136



Carlos Torres - 1B

Originally signed by the Marlins out of Venezuela back in 2001, the 21-year old Torres played two seasons in the Red Sox organization before finding his way into the Nationals' farm system this past season. Torres hit 8 home runs in the Dominican Summer League in 2003 before clubbing 8 home runs in the Gulf Coast League in 2004. Hidden by his less than average overall numbers, his peripherals were quite solid. He's a patient hitter with good power and he's just looking for an opportunity to get some playing time. Torres is an intriguing guy that could hit his way into the Savannah mix in 2006, but as of right now, the smarter money says he could be back in the NY-Penn League next season as the full-time first baseman.

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

RISP

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Vermont

.192

.281

.283

.250

.098

30.4

120



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