AZL Padres Peripheral Hitting Review

MadFriars.com takes a look at the peripheral stats of Arizona Rookie League hitters to find out what their strengths and weaknesses are as they continue to develop in the Padres' farm system.

AZL Padres

NameABAvg.OBPSLG.XB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Abraham Aguilar94.298.347.404.250.069.160.417.357

Aguilar was having a fine season before injury stepped in and derailed his rookie campaign. While his walk ratio is considered in the middle of the pack, Aguilar excelled under pressure situations, hitting well above his season average with RISP. Striking out 16 percent of the time is also a nice benchmark – and his projectability is good for a second baseman.

NameABAvg.OBPSLG.XB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Kyle Blanks164.299.420.500.367.132.300.317.296

Despite hitting most of his extra base hits in the first month, Blanks ended up with a great mark for extra base hits per hit. He also learned to walk as any mark above 10 percent is considered excellent. His K rate was also high but with his power potential he showed off some solid rookie numbers that project well in the future.

NameABAvg.OBPSLG.XB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Clint Cleland93.323.363.430.333.051.193.250.200

His Rookie League numbers inspired a mark of confidence in his ability with nice pop. While he didn't strike out a whole lot, he walked even less. He is on the borderline of poor at 5.1 percent and his free-swinging could haunt him down the road.

NameABAvg.OBPSLG.XB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Willy Crafort145.248.280.386.389.052.359.217.143

The ability to drive the ball is definitely there but his lack of hitting in pressure situations is alarming. Given his high strikeout rate, it appears Crafort pressed in a lot of situations.

NameABAvg.OBPSLG.XB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Javis Diaz145.352.425.510.255.105.207.395.333

Selective and a high average jump out in Diaz' peripherals. He handled most situations with an equal demeanor. If he can continue to hit the gaps with a bit more frequency, Diaz could have a bright future.

NameABAvg.OBPSLG.XB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Ray Gill124.234.336.395.414.101.355.244.294

Power is something that comes naturally to Gill and he showed a propensity to draw a walk because of his bat. But, he whiffed with increasing frequency through the season and for him to be effective he needs to put the ball in play.

NameABAvg.OBPSLG.XB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Jarol Gonzalez150.233.264.280.171.026.220.204.188

Swinging at everything is the norm for Gonzalez – it is, however, the problem. His ability to take pitches borders on atrocious. It would not be as bad if he put the ball where the fielders weren't on a consistent basis.

NameABAvg.OBPSLG.XB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Josh Howard96.365.413.458.235.094.156.476.556

Across the board, Howard was effective in getting on base, limiting his strikeouts and hitting under pressure. It was no surprise to see him moved all the way up to the California League. If he is at a corner outfield spot, he did not show the power that is common for the position.

NameABAvg.OBPSLG.XB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Trey Johnston53.302.464.509.438.172.340.375.167

In a smaller sampling, Johnston showed unbelievable peripherals. His ability to show pop and take a walk was unsurpassed but it is tough to gauge on 53 at bats. He did, also, strikeout a lot, making it tougher to determine his true numbers.

NameABAvg.OBPSLG.XB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Billy Killian114.289.303.395.303.026.237.135.176

Killian has shown the ability to put the ball in play in the past but he rarely takes many pitches. He did drive the ball well and that figure will continue to rise as he matures. He did not, however, play well when the screws were tightened, failing to aid his team in the clutch.

NameABAvg.OBPSLG.XB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Luany Sanchez169.302.326.420.333.040.136.339.276

Sanchez displayed a less than adequate walk ratio, making his average crucial to his overall stats. He did, however, show solid marks with his ability to drive the ball and performed well with runners in scoring position. Sanchez also doesn't strikeout much, giving him solid projectablity if he can start to draw more free passes.

NameABAvg.OBPSLG.XB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Casey Smith84.357.409.548.333.087.274.419.214

Smith tore through the AZL with superb numbers across the board. He was clutch with runners in scoring position, although that number dropped with two outs, was hitting the gaps 1/3rd of the time and hit for average. He did all he could in Rookie League before moving up to Eugene.

NameABAvg.OBPSLG.XB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Chad Steiner137.277.301.328.184.035.168.289.316

Dissecting the numbers, Steiner was average in a lot of places. While he put the ball in play with regularity – he hardly ever walked and kept his strikeout totals at a more than reasonable level – none of his stats jumped out or said he was playing above the league. That is concerning as we look to the future, especially the .301 on base percentage.

NameABAvg.OBPSLG.XB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Josh Thomas-Dotson54.185.237.241.100.053.574.125.200

Coming from a football background, Thomas-Dotson may see a desire to return to that game after underperforming in his debut campaign. He struck out over half of the time in a small sampling of at bats. Disappointing isn't even the word to describe the year he had.

NameABAvg.OBPSLG.XB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Tim Turner126.230.276.333.276.053.262.194.211

Turner's numbers actually got better when he moved up to Eugene – promoted because of his defensive abilities in centerfield. In Rookie League ball, Turner showed off some power for his position but did not inspire confidence in his ability to be consistent. His work with runners on base was also less than adequate.

NameABAvg.OBPSLG.XB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
William Venable59.322.385.508.368.033.153.556.600

While the sampling size was small, Venable proved the Rookie League was no match for his talent. He hit for power, hit in the clutch, and outperformed initial expectations. His bat has been the real question for this potential five-tool talent and in his initial showing it was no question at all. That success halted some when he went up to Eugene.


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