2004 Erie Pitchers 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 Erie SeaWolves pitchers who had at least 40 innings of work, and their peripheral stats.

Kenny Baugh - Right-Handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

3.72

142.2

1.37

6.75

0.82

2.61

.280


Kenny Baugh has been trying to fight his way back, and continues to put up respectable numbers, although he has yet to blow anyone away. Baugh's ERA and WHIP were very average, certainly not bad, but also not on the level you'd hope for a former first round pick. Baugh strikes out a fair amount and doesn't walk too many, although his average against was still fairly high. If Baugh can put together a good stretch to start '05, he might get his shot with the big league club. But it's hard to see if he can translate his average minor league performance into big league success.


Jorge Cordova - Right-Handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

6.12

42.2

1.85

6.75

2.11

1.52

.279


Any time your Home Run per 9 innings rate is higher than your strikeout-to-walk rate, it's not a very good sign. Cordova isn't really much of a prospect at age 26, and his numbers certainly back up that claim. Possibly the only stat that could be considered good (at least compared to the rest) would be his average, which is fairly low, considering his ERA and Home Run rate. Despite that, don't expect much from Cordova down the road.


Rick Kirsten - Left-Handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

3.43

63.0

1.21

5.14

0.57

2.77

.259


Kirsten wasn't exactly imposing, but was effective nonetheless for the SeaWolves. The 26-year old lefty kept the opposition off the basepaths with an impressive WHIP, he also kept the opposition from getting the big one, allowing just over half a Home Run every 9 innings. Much like Brian Moehler, Kirsten won't blow by many, but so long as he remains effective, and keeps his ERA down, he should be doing just fine, and with the Tigers sending him to the Arizona Fall League, they obviously have hopes for him and his future.


Preston Larrison - Right-Handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

3.05

118.0

1.34

4.50

0.92

1.64

.265


After a huge setback in 2003, Larrison came back strong in 2004, that is until Tommy John surgery sidelined him for the remainder of the year (and will probably keep him out of most of 2005 as well). Larrison kept hitters off the basepaths, and had an exceptionally low ERA. However, without a great strikeout-to-walk ratio, and low strikeout totals to begin with, it would lead many to believe Larrison pitched a bit over his head in 2004, and likely will see some regression when he returns (his rustiness from the surgery could contribute to struggles as well).


Wilfredo Ledezma - Left-Handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

2.42

111.2

1.07

7.90

0.64

4.08

.229


Ledezma was absolutely dominant with the SeaWolves, prompting his promotion to the big league club at the midway point of the season. Ledezma not only won almost every game he pitched and kept a very low ERA, his average against was way down, and his strikeout ratios were excellent. There's a reason Ledezma is considered almost a lock to knock down the 5th spot in the rotation, and these numbers are a great example.


Alex Lontayo - Left-Handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

5.28

73.1

1.68

7.49

1.23

1.49

.286


Lontayo, much like Cordova, didn't put up spectacular numbers for the SeaWolves, as he got more and more innings down the stretch, especially as the team was decimated by injuries. Lontayo allowed too many baserunners, walked a lot of batters, and gave up too many Home Runs. Lontayo's one strength was his ability to strike out a batter. Unfortunately, that goes by the wayside with other weaker numbers.


Roberto Novoa - Right-Handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

2.96

79.0

1.03

6.72

0.80

3.28

.214


Novoa was moved to the bullpen in 2004, and flourished in the role. Novoa, besides having an impressive ERA, kept the opposition down, striking out plenty, not walking many, and not giving up many hits, period. Novoa didn't perform as well in his promotion to Detroit, but should nonetheless challenge for one of the middle relief spots for the Tigers this spring.


Rick Palma - Left-Handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

4.34

66.1

1.24

7.46

0.95

3.67

.258


Rick Palma had very solid numbers for the SeaWolves – except for the numbers everyone saw, and that was his record, an unimpressive 2-11. Palma, who was used as the closer, had numbers that wouldn't indicate the type of struggles he had, with a solid WHIP, high strikeout rate, as well as keep his average against down. The problems could have resulted from the struggles some pitchers have in the closer's role, or simply a bad luck season. In any case the 25-year old shouldn't be counted out just yet, especially after a solid showing in winter ball.


Matt Roney - Right-Handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

4.93

133.1

1.47

6.01

1.35

2.70

.303


Roney got off to a great start, but slowly came back to Earth, and even regressed in some areas. Roney has some impressive stats, except he started getting hit harder as the season went on, and showed a propensity to give up the long ball – although some of that can be attributed to Jerry Uht Park, very hitter friendly. Roney certainly won't be overlooked completely, but he'll have to start eliminating some hits, especially the Home Runs, if he hopes to return to the Tigers' good graces and get back on the 40-man roster.


Kyle Sleeth - Right-Handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

6.30

80.0

1.59

6.41

1.58

1.68

.303


After impressing for Lakeland in the Florida State League, Sleeth had a rough go of it in the second half of the season at Erie. Sleeth, who for the first time was forced to pitch and not just over-power hitters with his impressive repertoire, struggled mightily with his control, and was hit hard in the small park. Sleeth had only an average WHIP, and the rest of his stats were worse. Luckily, Sleeth still has impressive raw skills, and improved plenty in the Fall Instructional League in Lakeland. Now, Sleeth will have to take that and build on it in 2005.


Mark Woodyard - Right-Handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

3.52

102.1

1.36

4.84

0.44

1.49

.264


Woodyard isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but also has a fair share of walks. Woodyard's ERA was low, however, he also gave up quite a few unearned runs (nearly 25% of the runs he allowed went unearned), a possible reason for his lower ERA. Woodyard was also sent to the Arizona Fall League like Kirsten, but doesn't have quite the same statistics as him. One fairly impressive number from Woodyard though is his extremely low number of Home Runs allowed, even more impressive considering the park. Nevertheless, Woodyard will still need to show he can pitch with the same effectiveness in relief at the big league level.

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