Daniel Sandoval wasn't the name player that Tiger fans were looking for behind the backstop for the rookie league club. But that didn't keep him from emerging as "the guy" behind the plate, taking most of the playing time away from his competition, including Cole Miller and James Skelton. What's even more encouraging than his final numbers was the fact that he saw those numbers improve each month. After starting slow (and with only a few at bats) in June with a .500 OPS, he raised that up to .800 in July, and then .853 in August. The 20-year old Sandoval has quickly stepped up as an emerging prospect in the organization and one to watch in the coming years.
It's not always a good sign when a pitcher repeats rookie level ball, seemingly signifying that a player didn't develop as hoped. Even if that were the case for Luis Gil at the start of the 2005 campaign, perception has likely changed a bit with the improvement he had this past year. Emerging as the most consistent starter the GCL Tigers had, Gil rolled with an ERA just barely above three. That was impressive, but what was even more impressive was his virtually miniscule WHIP, which for two of the three months of the year was below one (0.33 in June, 0.92 in August). At 21, Gil is still a bit old for the level he pitched, but one cannot overlook the strong season Luis had in 2005.