Fort Wayne Wizards Hitting Peripherals

Looking deep into the numbers reveals a lot more than the top level survey of the stats. Eyeing walk percentage and strikeout percentage gives a better indication into pitch selection and chasing junk. MadFriars.com takes a look at the Fort Wayne Wizards, the low-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Josh Alley167.263.411.317.114.193.156.318.160

Having a better walk to plate appearance ratio than strikeout to at bat is truly impressive. His ability to hit the gaps suffered a setback with his promotion to Fort Wayne but he still posted an on base percentage of over .400.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Mike Baxter183.219.267.311.350.061.158.226.265

His average and on base percentage lacked any explosiveness but the first basemen, known as a gap hitter, took advantage of his hits with 35 percent going for extra bases. His overall game, however, needs to catch up.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Matt Bush453.221.279.276.180.068.168.129.164

A shortstop who doesn't hit, doesn't walk, is a singles hitter and was terrible in the clutch – yup, he was the first overall pick in 2004 and needs a lot of refinement on the plate. The plus side is he did not strike out a whole lot with anything under 20 percent considered quite good.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Brian Cavanaugh20.150.320.200.333.200.550.000.000

In a small sampling of at bats at this level, Cavanaugh barely put wood to ball. He whiffed over half the times he came to the plate – but a bigger collection is needed before making any assumptions.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Peter Ciofrone395.301.391.400.227.112.134.363.341

A pure hitter who did not strike out much, drew some walks and pounded the ball in the clutch. The only deficiency, depending on where he plays, is his ability to hit for power. Twenty-two percent of his hits went for extra bases, which just isn't enough.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Drew Davidson84.262.297.464.318.012.250.200.083

For a kid with power potential – where did all the walks go? He was also less than effective in the clutch and with the plan to hit him in the middle of the order those numbers will be critical.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Brett Dowdy301.272.342.385.256.096.146.341.262

As a third baseman, he did not have the power but would be in line at second base. He puts the ball in play and proved to be quite proficient with runners in scoring position. Overall, some good quality at bats and it earned him a promotion to Lake Elsinore.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Chase Headley15.200.250.200.000.062.267.333.000

Fifteen at bats does not allow for anything to be really taken seriously. You would, however, like to see at least one extra base hit.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Nick Hundley36.222.310.278.250.100.250.333.000

Another small sampling leaves little to interpret. His on base percentage took a hit in the move up but that figured to even out as the at bats poured in.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Sean Kazmar469.267.329.386.288.086.147.213.136

Another contact hitter who drew some decent walk numbers and added more pop than many envisioned. Kazmar was terrible, however, in run scoring opportunities and his inability to drive in consistent runs was a staple through much of the team in '05. Correcting that will make him an even better prospect.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Chris Kolkhorst393.282.392.349.207.142.145.269.229

Patience led to some impressive walk-to-strikeout numbers and a high on base percentage. His damage was done with the bases empty as the catalyst and his numbers with men on were significantly lower than his normal average.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Matt Lauderdale273.282.370.498.481.122.190.371.348

With Laudy, it is hard to see how this team scored at all. His timely hitting provided some offense and he wowed with his extra base hit percentage of 48 percent – unreal from a catcher and this was no small sample.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Colt Morton222.261.362.464.431.136.257.224.150

We liked his season but remained appalled at the slugger's inability to hit well with men on base. It is a wonder he drove in any runs. But his extra base hit percentage remained high, he drew walks and cut down on his strikeouts from year's past.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Yordany Ramirez369.222.263.355.366.046.192.208.158

It is a rough year when you hit below your average with men on base and your season average was only .222. Low walk totals further plagued him. When he did hit the ball it found gaps but that could be trying to hard for the hit that wins the game.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Matt Thayer136.353.450.471.250.134.184.410.391

With Fort Wayne, Thayer could do no wrong. He hit for average, was patient at the plate and was money in the clutch. Hard to believe he stayed so long and got inconsistent playing time when he was moved up.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Kelvin Vazquez50.320.370.420.313.074.240.333.000

Super utility man performed well by reaching base. His strikeout totals are high for a middle infielder but he did compensate by showing some pop.

NameABBAOBPSLGXB/HBB/PAK/ABRISPRISP2/O
Tom Vincent392.242.285.311.242.051.214.207.222

Would love to talk about him – but he was released by the club.


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