2004 GCL Tigers 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 GCL Tigers position players who had at least 100 at bats, and their peripheral stats.

Santo de Leon - Infielder

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

R

GCL Tigers

.273

.308

.396

.034

6.00

139


Santo de Leon didn't put up spectacular numbers for the GCL Tigers, but didn't play poorly either. De Leon made good contact and hit for a good amount of power. Unfortunately, that is over-shadowed by his incredible lack of patience at the plate (just 5 walks for the season) and extremely high strikeout ratio. De Leon's got power, but he needs to allow some things to come to him before he can begin truly be regarded as a prospect.


Leonardo Grullon - Outfielder

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

R

GCL Tigers

.217

.253

.343

.016

11.0

175


Leonardo Grullon struggled mightily in 2004, and going through many of the struggles you see younger players go through. Grullon led the team in RBI, but had a low average and found it almost impossible to take a walk. Once Grullon relaxes more at the plate, and starts to take a pitch every now and then, his walk rate will improve, and he'll start getting better pitches to hit.


Jeramy Laster - Outfielder

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

R

GCL Tigers

.242

.317

.416

.101

3.71

149


The 19-year old Jeramy Laster actually had a fairly solid season in his second go-around with the GCL Tigers. Laster's power improved significantly in '04 from his '03 performance, meanwhile keeping a very strong walk rate. His strikeouts were still high and his average still low, but Laster has shown enough that he could make a move up the ladder in the organization given more development time.


Josh Lee - First Base

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

R

GCL Tigers

.228

.338

.325

.135

2.17

114


The power-hitting Lee didn't demonstrate the power he possesses in his limited at bats for the GCL, but rest assured, the power is in his bat. Lee has something else working in his favor – an incredible patience at the plate, walking better than once every eight times he came up to bat. Once given extended at bats, Lee's power will hopefully shine through, as he already has the patience to make it happen.


Miguel Linares - Shortstop

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

R

GCL Tigers

.236

.302

.264

.080

2.77

148


Linares was a quick defender who didn't quite see his bat come around with the GCL club in 2004. Linares' walk rate was acceptable, but he struggled to make contact, and being mostly a slap hitter, hit for little power. Linares' future is likely bleak on the offensive end, as with little power and only an average walk rate.


Cory Middleton - Third Base

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

R

GCL Tigers

.234

.288

.366

.032

6.40

145


Middleton had many of the typical first year struggles players fresh out of high school often experience – namely, the adjustment to much better pitching. Middleton didn't demonstrate much patience and struggled making contact, two typical signs of a first year player. Given more time, the occasional power he displayed should come through once he learns to be more patient.


Cole Miller - Catcher

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

R

GCL Tigers

.269

.292

.431

.037

7.40

130


Cole Miller came onto the scene, jumped into Cody Collet's position after he started struggling with injuries and impressed plenty. Miller wasn't very patient, but hit for plenty of power as a youngster bursting onto the scene. The power is there, now Miller has to prove that he can increase his patience and lower that incredible strikeout ratio of his.


Maximo Soto - Infielder

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

R

GCL Tigers

.228

.304

.356

.089

3.80

101


Soto's numbers were very pedestrian – his contact wasn't great, and although he partly made up for that with a fair amount of walks, it wasn't a great season for the youngster. Soto hit for some power, but his lack of contact negated most of that, and while his walk rate was solid, his high strikeouts negated it some as well. At 22, Soto isn't really a prospect and doesn't likely have much of a future with the organization.


Brandon Timm - Outfielder

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

R

GCL Tigers

.232

.329

.272

.116

2.12

125


Another recent draft pick, Timm went through many of the same struggles and had many of the same signs, except for one, an incredible patience at the plate. Timm carried an OBP almost 100 points higher than his average. He didn't make a lot of contact, and he didn't hit for much power, but his patience was excellent. Being so young, Timm has time, but he already has the patience, his bat just needs to come around in '05.


Stephen Young - Second Base

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

K:BB

AB

R

GCL Tigers

.281

.399

.359

.118

0.77

153


Of all the hitters on the roster, Young probably had the best season of all of them. Not only is he solid on the field and good on the basepaths, but Young makes excellent contact and has an incredible walk rate. Those stats are great, but possibly the most incredible stat of all was his strikeout-to-walk ratio was actually less than one – that is he walked more than he struck out, an incredible display of control and patience. Young will be one to watch in the near future.

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