2011 Year In Review- DSL O's Hitters

InsidetheO's continues our Year In Review in which we take an in-depth look at the O's affiliates.

DSL O's Offense At A Glance

Team BA: .238 (T16th out of 33)

Runs Scored: 355 (7th out of 33)

Team OPS: .661 (19th out of 33)

Team Stolen Bases: 122 (9th out of 33)

Team Slugging Percentage: .315 (19th out of 33)

Note: this article covers all hitters who had at least 100 at-bats for the DSL O's this season.

The Orioles DSL team had a great season in 2011. They finished 46-24 and won their eight-team Boca Chica Baseball City division by three games. They advanced all the way to the Championship Series and faced an Anaheim Angels team that went 52-18. Unfortunately for the O's, they ran out of gas, losing the best-of-five Championship Series three games to none. The DSL O's offense was a middle of the pack offense. The DSL is widely known as a pitchers league

The team's best hitter was 19-year-opld second baseman Alexander Mercedes. Mercedes was in his second season with the DSL O's improving his stats consistently from last year. He led the DSL O's this year in batting average (.317). He was 63-for-199 with eight doubles, five triples, a home run, 22 RBIs, 26 walks, and only 18 strikeouts. He was 17-for-25 in stolen base attempts. Although he was listed as a shortstop, he played 51 games at 2B and four as a DH. His OPS was a team high .827. Although he excelled on the offensive side, defensively he struggled a bit making 18 errors.

Shortstop Byron Capellan led the DSL O's in at-bats with 236. The 17-year old played in his second season with the DSL O's. He hit .233 (55-for-236) with nine doubles, a triple and 29 RBI. He walked 24 times and struck out 45. He was 17-for-27 in stolen base attempts. His OPS was .589. Like Mercedes, Capellan struggled defensively committing 16 errors.

In 2010, the Orioles signed 16-year-old Dominican third baseman Hector Veloz. Veloz was signed for a franchise record given to a Dominican amateur $300K. As a 17-year-old and in this first year as a professional, he led the DSL O's in homeruns (2), doubles (16), RBI (31), and walks (37). He only hit .225 though going 51-for-227. Veloz also unfortunately led the DSL O's in strikeouts with 62, 17 more than any other hitter on the team.

Designated hitter Junior Boni led the DSL O's in triples with eight and in stolen bases with 20. He hit .275 with nine doubles and a homer. He walked 36 times and had an OPS of .802. In his second year as a professional, Boni saw his numbers jump in every category. He played 26 games in left field, 37 in right field, and four as a DH.

Outfielder Oswill Lartiguez had a solid year for the DSL O's. He hit .261 (52-for-199), with six doubles, two triples and a homer. Lartiguez was 16-26 in stolen base attempts. He walked 30 times and struck out 40. His OPS was .704. This was Lartiguez's second season with the DSL O's.

First baseman Felix Bido appeared in 48 games for the DSL O's. He hit .222 (40-for-180) with nine doubles, a triple and a homer. He knocked in 22 RBIs. Bido walked 10 times and struck out 29. He was successful stealing eight bases in 12 attempts.

Freidderyx Ramirez played in his third season with the DSL O's and set career-highs in numerous offensive categories. He hit a career-high .240 with four doubles, two triples and 14 RBIs. He set career-highs in average, runs (17), hits (30), triples (2), RBIs, walks (12), OBP (.322), SLG (.304), and OPS (.626). Listed as a third baseman, Ramirez played eight games at first base, 14 at third base, two at shortstop and 18 as a DH.

Catcher Junior Tavares struggled this year at the plate. Offensively, he hit .173 (19-for-110). While his production was poor, he only struck out 18 times. Of his 19 hits, two were extra base hits (double and triple). Defensively, he threw out 38% (63 attempts and he threw out 38) of the baserunners who attempted to steal.

Dioni Dominguez appeared in 42 games for the DSL O's tallying 105 at-bats. He hit .219 with three doubles and three triples. Dominguez had his best month in July when he hit .273 with two triples and an .815 OPS.

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