2004 Lakeland 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 Lakeland Tigers position players who had at least 200 at bats, and their peripheral stats.

Brent Clevlen - Outfielder

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

A

Lakeland

.224

.300

.350

.093

2.89

420


In 2004, Clevlen had a regression of colossal proportions, struggling in virtually every facet. After emerging in 2003 as one of the top 100 prospects in baseball, Clevlen fell on hard times, seeing his peripheral numbers fall across the board. He still was somewhat patient at the plate, but a far cry from his numbers in 2003, and likewise, he struck out more as well. Clevlen's slugging also took a significant dip as well. For him to get back on track, he'll need to get back to where he was in 2003 and work from there on up.


Tony Giarratano - Shortstop

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

A-

W. Michigan

.285

.383

.352

.129

0.88

165

A

Lakeland

.376

.421

.505

.071

2.38

202


Giarratano put up spectacular raw numbers in his half season with Lakeland, before being sidelined for the remainder of the year with a shoulder injury. However, his peripherals weren't quite as good as one might expect from the jump he saw in offensive production. Giarratano hit for plenty of power, but didn't show the same patience he did earlier in the year with West Michigan (where he actually walked more than he struck out). In all likelihood, Giarratano probably played a bit over his head for Lakeland, but that shouldn't temper the fact that he's a very solid all around prospect who can hit for a good average with some pop.


Chris Maples - Infielder

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

A

Lakeland

.271

.340

.472

.078

2.32

428


For the first time in his career, Maples began to show some glimpses that he was ready to perform at the professional level. Maples moved around the diamond quite a bit, but he was able to hit wherever he was playing. He wasn't extremely patient, but he did take some walks, although did strike out plenty as well. The 25-year old will need to begin to show that he can continue his power increase if he hopes to emerge as a true prospect, as he's been behind the curve age-wise since being drafted.


David Mattle - Outfielder

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

A

Lakeland

.242

.310

.337

.083

2.32

335


The now-25 year old Mattle has yet to advance from Lakeland, and his peripheral stats show one of the many reasons why. The outfielder has yet to be able to hit in any facet at high-A Lakeland, struggling with average and power. Mattle shows some patience, but still strikes out far more than he walks. Mattle, like Maples, has age working against him, but unlike Maples, doesn't have the benefit of a solid 2004 to build off of.


Gilberto Mejia - Second Base

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

A

Lakeland

.266

.330

.390

.088

2.17

354


Like many of the team's other players, Mejia showed some patience at the plate, but not enough to the point where it could be considered a real asset. He did show some pop in his bat as the year progressed, especially good for a middle infielder. Mejia did enough to show that he's got a chance, but we'll need to build on what he did in 2004 – namely improving his on base percentage, as while he's good defensively, he's probably not good enough to have his glove carry him all the way to the big leagues.


Victor Mendez - Outfielder

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

A

Lakeland

.241

.313

.425

.092

2.38

402


Mendez, for all his raw ability, has yet to be able to translate that into true baseball production. For his part, Mendez has shown the willingness to take a walk, unfortunately, he still strikes much more than he's able to take a walk, and has never been able to make consistent contact. Mendez saw a jump in his slugging percentage this year, but it's still not the point where it can off-set his poor on base percentage (mostly due to a low batting average). At 24, Mendez is running out of time to prove to the organization that he can still make something out of his career – so he'll need to start doing so, in a hurry.


Scott Moore - Third Base

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

A

Lakeland

.223

.322

.384

.108

2.55

391


While Brent Clevlen simply had the bottom fall out on him in 2004, Moore never really had that floor to let fall out from under him. Moore again struggled to make contact, as evidenced by his extremely low batting average. Moore has shown great patience, and has improved his ability to battle deeper into counts, unfortunately he still has yet to truly grasp the finer art of hitting. So long as Moore keeps walking, the strikeouts will come as an acceptable by-product, but without a significant increase in power, Moore will have a tough time fulfilling his promise as a top 10 pick in the 2002 draft.


Mike Rabelo - Catcher

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

A

Lakeland

.287

.349

.361

.069

2.24

327


While Rabelo put up a decent average, he still has yet to show he can drive the ball with any consistency, and likewise continues to struggle with his patience. Typically, if a player hits for plenty of power, a team can live with him if he isn't overly patient, and vice versa. But Rabelo has shown neither the ability to take walks consistently, nor the strength to drive the ball. Rabelo has good defensive skills, which as a catcher will keep him around, but at some point his production at the plate will have to kick in.


Jody Roughton - First Base

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

A

Lakeland

.271

.326

.399

.067

2.92

343


Roughton remains someone to keep an eye on, but at some point production will have to follow from this first baseman. His slugging percentage picked up a bit, unfortunately he hit just 5 homers, and will need to get appreciably better if he hopes to make it as a first baseman. Roughton could also stand a little more patience at the plate, especially considering the amount he strikes out.


Michael Woods - Second Base

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

A

Lakeland

.281

.333

.393

.068

2.60

270


For all his potential when he was drafted in 2001, Woods has not been able to put things together, largely due to injuries. Woods makes good contact for a second baseman, although the team would like to see more patience out of Woods, especially because he (initially anyway) projects as a leadoff man. These on-field corrections though are minor compared to his health – Woods must stay healthy to have a future.



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