2004 Lakeland 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 Lakeland Tigers pitchers who had at least 40 innings of work, and their peripheral stats.

Felix Cuello - Right handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

Lakeland

4.02

62.2

1.55

5.89

0.00

1.17

.257


Cuello spent most of the season in the bullpen for the L-Tigers, although he did get a few starts (and also made a few appearances at Erie and Toledo as well). Felix wasn't overly impressive, although his lack of Home Runs allowed is quite impressive (0 in over 62 innings, although he did give up a pair for Erie). Cuello is for the most part a veteran minor league reliever who will continue to bounce around minor league levels, providing help where it's needed.


Corey Hamman - Left handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

Lakeland

4.25

95.1

1.50

2.93

0.47

1.15

.303


In 2004, Corey didn't exactly dominate hitters, but he did well enough to be an effective pitcher for the L-Tigers. While he had a decent record and a respectable ERA, Hamman's peripheral stats left much to be desired. Hamman struck out very few, and allowed plenty of hits throughout the year, somehow consistently escaping with the help of solid defense behind him, and a lack of long balls. Don't bet on Hamman being much more than organizational filler down the road.


Mike Howell - Right handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

Lakeland

8.16

86.0

1.79

5.34

2.09

1.76

.339


While Hamman put up decent numbers despite having poor peripheral stats, Howell simply struggled across the board. He gave up plenty of Home Runs, had an enormous ERA, and was hit hard virtually every time he took the mound. At 25, Howell is no longer a prospect, and probably is running out of chances with the organization.


Jeremy Johnson - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

Lakeland

4.87

68.1

1.54

5.53

0.26

1.62

.305


Coming off major surgery, the 22-year old Johnson had an up-and-down return to competition. He was able to keep his Home Runs down, but he allowed plenty of hits, and his strikeouts weren't that high (especially compared to his walk numbers). Because he's coming off a serious injury, Johnson will still have another full season to show what he can do. But to return to true prospect status, Johnson will need to cut down on the walks and continue to limit the big hits if he won't be able to increase his strikeouts (which is unlikely).


Mike Kobow - Right handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

Lakeland

4.23

55.1

1.57

5.86

0.16

1.20

.256


Working out of the bullpen, Kobow provided solid relief for Lakeland throughout the season. He allowed a fair amount of baserunners, but could get a strikeout when he needed, and certainly wasn't hit hard. Like most of the others on the staff, Kobow isn't a prospect, but provides solid veteran leadership for the organization.


Matt Parris - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

Lakeland

4.70

130.0

1.42

2.91

1.11

0.97

.286


Parris filled the role of innings-eater for the L-Tigers in 2004, providing adequate performance on the mound, but at the same time not doing much to help his stock as far as his long term prospects. Parris gets very few strikeouts, allows a decent amount of baserunners, and can give up the long ball. Parris pretty much simply allows the ball to be put in play, and let his defense do the work. It worked fairly well in 2004, but there's no guarantee of future success.


Humberto Sanchez - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

Lakeland

5.21

105.1

1.46

9.83

0.77

2.26

.263


Despite the high ERA (which mostly came about from one rough stretch), Sanchez put up solid numbers. Sanchez continues to strikeout plenty while keeping his walks down, all the while limiting hits and the long ball. His ERA may not be one to make teams drool, but his repertoire and peripheral stats certainly show a player that has plenty of potential as he moves up the ladder, especially, having already moved up to AA well before the age of 22.


Kyle Sleeth - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

Lakeland

3.31

68.0

1.15

8.60

0.40

3.61

.238


While Sleeth struggled in AA ball, he simply dominated in high-A. Largely because of his talent, Sleeth simply over-matched the hitters he faced, and in turn put up numbers that had the organization ecstatic about his solid start. While AA was no walk in the park, Sleeth had a great strikeout rate, as well as an incredibly low WHIP, which displayed his ability to keep runners off the basepaths. Now it'll be up to him to bring his early 2004 success to his late 2004 level.


Joel Zumaya - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

Lakeland

4.36

115.2

1.28

8.40

0.78

1.86

.225


Zumaya had another solid season as the youngster makes his way up the organizational ladder. His strikeout rate wasn't quite as impressive as it was the year before, but he still kept his average against extremely low, and his WHIP as low as well. Zumaya being so young still has plenty of time to work out the kinks, but his ability to get hitters out and his raw ability leaves him plenty of time to take care of his rough edges.

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