His walk numbers were truly amazing this year. He posted the best walk per plate appearance ratio of any player in the Padres' system and showed he could add a little pop with 31 percent of his hits with Eugene going for extra bases.
Striking out 35 percent of the time is not endearing when the extra base hit totals are in the teens. The golden rule is if the power is there, the strikeouts are far more forgivable.
His percentage of extra base hits was at 40 percent – which was a must with his high strikeout rate. Now if he could only hit with runners on base we would have something.
His ability to drive runs in was clear – his mental preparedness with runners on base the key. A 6.8 percent walk ratio must be improved upon with the power he has.
His Arizona Rookie League debut left everyone salivating and 19 at bats is not a indicator of any success or failures at this level.
The backup catcher doesn't strike out a lot, walks even less but did hit reasonably well when he needed to and impressive with two outs. The overall average and on base percentage, however, didn't inspire confidence in his hitting ability moving up the chain.
He displayed an ability to drive the ball but still fell into the slightly above average category with extra base hits for a corner outfielder. His streakiness led to him putting undue pressure on himself when the kettle was turned up. He did show some patience – and should get better in that category. This wasn't a breakout year but showed promise.
Showed his trademark patience and kept the strikeouts down through the year while displaying solid power numbers. His average was high, but Headley delivered on his status as a high pick and should excel in the future.
His patient approach at the plate turned hostile with men in scoring position, particularly with two outs. Feeling the need to drive the run in, he was out of his game – which preaches patience and driving his pitch. Forty percent of his hits went for extra bases – unreal numbers for a catcher.
The numbers don't show his dismal start to the season and he came through with the stick at clutch times. His average should rise and the hope is his strikeouts dip as his walks increase. Johnston has not displayed a patient approach through his career so his OBP will be tied to his average.
There was not a whole lot to be happy about here. He struck out over 30 percent of the time and hit below .200 in every situation. The only plus was when he did hit it the ball had a chance to go a mile. Confidence will restore this mighty youth.
In a small sampling, Killian struggled. Normally a contact hitter, Killian was on the wrong end of a third strike. Killian, incidentally, was shipped to Texas as part of a six-player deal.
He didn't get many at bats but made his chances count by coming through in limited action with men on base and forcing the pitchers to throw him strikes. He is a bit of a sleeper prospect.
He logged a significant amount of at bats with men on base but rarely knocked them in. His average was sub par, he struck out at a higher rate than wanted, and had an all-around disappointing rookie campaign. They say they throw away the first year of development and let's hope that is the case for Richardson.
A singles hitter, Rivera battled through demons in clutch situations but got on base regularly when there was no one else on the bags. He can draw a walk but will also get himself in a count hole by taking too many pitches.
Was statistically solid throughout the season. He reached base at one of the best clips on the Ems, had some patience at the plate – although his strikeout totals were way too high for a leadoff hitter – and posted solid numbers with men in scoring position. What happened with two outs? Hard to say but it was well below average.
Recalling his stats from the Arizona Rookie League one would be hard pressed to figure this was the same player. He did nothing well when he moved up the ladder, as his strikeout totals rose to economic proportions and his average dipped dramatically. Which player is he?
You don't see his defensive abilities in the stats and it may have been the lone reason for a promotion. His hitting at two levels wasn't on par with average for his age and level in the system. He has athletic ability and must tap into that at the plate to continue to rise.
His patience paid off at the dish and he crushed balls well above normal levels for a middle infielder. But his at bats were limited due to injury and he underperformed with men on base.
A horrid start leveled off a bit and he showed an ability to drive the ball. This work in progress swung at a number of bad pitches which put him in position to fail. Understanding the game better will allow him to progress in the future.