2004 Toledo Position Player Review

When scouting a player, teams don't just take into account a player's raw stats, but also his peripheral stats, the stats behind the stats, so to speak. Take a look inside to see the breakdown of the 2004 Toledo Mudhens position players who had at least 200 at bats, and their peripheral stats.

Chad Alexander - Outfielder

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

AAA

Toledo

.256

.324

.399

.093

1.71

203


Alexander had respectable peripheral stats for the Mudhens all the way around, after coming on to play for the team midseason. However, Alexander is what he is – a minor league veteran Outfielder who was brought on to help fill a void. He was effort was good, but the 30-year old was simply a short term solution because of injuries at the big league level that forced the Tigers to move up a pair of Outfielders.


Andy Barkett - First Baseman

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

AAA

Toledo

.283

.346

.496

.083

2.11

413


Another minor league veteran, Barkett provided a consistent force in the middle of the Mudhens lineup, except for his stay on the Disabled List. The 30-year old Barkett had great power, unfortunately he did little else all that well, striking out far more than walking, and not taking a large amount of walks. His .496 slugging percentage is good, but much like Alexander, Barkett's future is limited with the Tigers, as well as his future as a major league baseball player.


Mike DiFelice - Catcher

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

AAA

Toledo

.270

.311

.392

.055

2.64

237


DiFelice was originally signed to take over as the Tigers backup Catcher to Brandon Inge, but the signing of Ivan Rodriguez changed those plans, and DiFelice was forced to either sit out and wait by the phone, or suck it up and head to AAA. DiFelice managed the staff at AAA well, but his hitting left much to be desired. DiFelice rarely took a walk, struck out too much, and only used a late season surge to pull up his average. DiFelice was eventually traded to the Chicago Cubs, where he would fill in as the team's third catcher during the expanded roster period of September.


Rich Gomez - Outfielder

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

AAA

Toledo

.261

.314

.382

.063

3.29

249


Gomez was acquired shortly before the start of the season to add depth to the club – however, Gomez never really got on track. Gomez, who came up in the Tiger organization, has seen a consistent decline in his ability to take a walk, which will be a huge problem for the 27-year old, as he's an Outfielder without much power in his bat. The lone trait Gomez still has working for him are his skills on the basepaths.


Danny Klassen - Shortstop/Third Base

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

AAA

Toledo

.253

.315

.377

.072

3.39

395


Klassen originally had hopes of making the Tigers as a utility infielder, but that never materialized, as first Omar Infante, and then Jason Smith emerged to take the job. Klassen can take a walk, but still strikes out far too much and doesn't have the ability with his bat to make much happen. Klassen's biggest asset remains his ability to adequately fill-in defensively at multiple positions. Klassen's at bats are also slightly lower than one might expect because he took time off to represent his native Canada in the Summer Olympics.


Nook Logan - Outfielder

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

AAA

Toledo

.262

.303

.351

.050

4.13

427


Many fans were excited when Logan debuted for the Tigers in 2004 – with many hoping Logan can fulfill the promise as a speedy leadoff hitter. But as can be seen from his peripheral stats, the only category that makes Logan an ideal leadoff hitter is his speed. Logan continues to be incapable of getting on base consistently, and doesn't make consistent contact, resulting in far too many strikeouts. The company line remains the same with Logan – more walks, less strikeouts, better contact. Until that happens, he won't elevate himself past pinch-runner, defensive replacement status.


Warren Morris - Second Base

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

AAA

Toledo

.287

.334

.436

.068

2.45

397


After finishing up 2003 as the Tigers starting Second Baseman, Morris got the gracious invitation to return to Toledo. Morris performed admirably (and some would argue was the offensive equal of his original replacement, Fernando Vina), making good contact, and driving the ball at times. Morris still isn't patient enough though, and must work on that if he hopes to get another starting big league job. He was going to be blocked in Detroit with the presence of Infante, and so he signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians.


Eric Owens - Outfielder

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

AAA

Toledo

.251

.283

.300

.040

2.63

443


Again, another minor league veteran added to provide depth in the organization, it's a wonder how Owens got so many at bats considering his stats. The 33-year old Owens hit with virtually no power, didn't make consistent contact, rarely walked and still managed to lead the team in at bats. Don't expect a repeat of that at any level in 2005 with Owens if he returns to the organization.


Guillermo Rodriguez - Catcher

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

AAA

Toledo

.187

.244

.338

.059

3.21

219


Rodríguez was brought up to help the catching situation; unfortunately he didn't bring his bat with him. Rodriguez came to the organization as a minor league free agent, but wasn't able to do much at the plate, rarely getting on base (both due to poor contact and poor patience). Guillermo is another player that probably got too many at bats, as opposed to what he should have considering his performance.


Marcus Thames - Outfielder

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

AAA

Toledo

.329

.410

.735

.121

1.21

234


Talk about a break from the mold – Thames excelled in every single avenue possible – crushing the ball at the plate, all the while being patient and not striking out too much. The only bad news was that he did so well the Tigers brought him up to the big league club in June, and he wasn't able to continue his domination on International League pitching.


Brant Ust - Third Baseman

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

AAA

Toledo

.254

.283

.379

.035

6.47

406


Yet another player that didn't exactly show much when given the opportunity, Ust has come up through the system, but doesn't appear to have much of a future. Ust rarely takes a walk, and doesn't hit for an average to justify not being patient at the plate. He also struggles with pure contact, as evidenced by his awful K:BB ratio. This 26-year old might see his days numbered, with the presence of Jack Hannahan needing to move up a level right behind him.


Joe Vitiello - Designated Hitter/First Base

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

AAA

Toledo

.328

.386

.536

.076

2.26

323


Vitiello helped pair with Thames to create one of the strongest middle of the orders in the IL, that is until Thames was promoted and Vitiello got hurt. The 34-year old minor league vet was crushing the ball whenever he could get to the plate, and took a fair amount of walks. His strikeout rate can even be considered acceptable given his impressive power numbers. But, like so many others for Toledo, Vitiello is just a minor league veteran with little or no future in the big leagues.

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