2004 GCL Tigers Prospects of the Year

It wasn't a great year for the GCL Tigers, especially because the team was without any of the organization's recent top draft picks. However, that didn't mean they were completely without talent. In particular, a couple players stepped up to have very good seasons in their first professional baseball season.

2B Stephen Young

It's not all that often that a prospect comes in and has a strong grasp of the strike zone. Often times, players will display excellent raw tools, but struggle with their strike zone judgment, and often see thier numbers struggle because of this. However, Stephen Young proved to be the exact opposite. After a very successful career as a 4-year player for Princeton, Young made the jump to the next level seemlessly, as he posted more walks (22) than strikeouts (17). The Tigers 16th round draft pick, Young wasn't exactly a heralded prospect coming into the organization, however, that has little bearing when it comes to production on the field. And unlike many other rookies experiencing professional baseball for the first time, Young produced.

AVG: .281
HR: 2
RBI: 14
SB: 15
OBP: .399

SP Dallas Trahern

Unlike a number of his teammates, Dallas Trahern got a late start with the club, joining up midseason, shortly after signing his professional contract with the Tigers. The wait was unfortunate, and might cost him a little bit developmental-wise, but not much more can be said about his performance. He made just 6 starts for the short season Rookie club, about half of what is typically expected from a starter over an entire short season. But what he did during those 6 starts was quite impressive, as the young 18-year old went 1-2, with an astounding 0.59 ERA. Likewise, his WHIP was equally impressive, hovering just below 1 at 0.95. Trahern managed just 1 win in his first taste of big league play (largely due to a lack of run support), but much more will be expected of him as he moves up the organizational ladder. For the time being, the organization will simply enjoy the fact that they may have found yet another impressive pitcher in the later rounds of the amateur draft.

ERA: 0.59
IP: 30.2
K/BB: 24:7

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