2005 Oneonta 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 2005 Oneonta Tigers position players who had at least 100 at bats, and their peripheral stats.

Stat Glossary:
AB: number of at bats
AVG: batting average
OPS: on base percentage plus slugging percentage
ISO: pure power measurement, (2B+3B+HR*3)/AB - more indicative of pure power than slugging
SLG+: player's slugging percentage divided by league average, accounts for pitcher/hitter leagues (100 is average)
BB/PA: percentage of plate appearances per walk
K:BB: number of strikeouts for each walk

Mark Haske - Infielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

SS-A

Oneonta

159

.270

.689

.069

95.7

.083

1.67


Mark Haske put together decent numbers for Oneonta in '05, but nothing spectacular. His average was respectable and he was able to show some patience at the plate, but when your power is extremely limited, it becomes very difficult to be a real productive player, as his sub-.700 OPS shows. Haske combines decent patience with below average power, leaving him just good enough to stick around, but likely never good enough to really break out.


Michael Hollimon - Shortstop

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

SS-A

Oneonta

256

.277

.948

.242

152

.153

1.58


Hollimon was heralded for having a great season, and his peripheral stats show just how impressive his season for Oneonta was. Hollimon's average was respectable, but every other statistic was simply off the charts. His ISO and SLG+ show that he was simply able to crush the ball and do so in a league where power was at a premium, while at the same time displaying excellent patience, taking a walk every 6.5 at bats. Hollimon certainly posted the numbers for Oneonta to make everyone give him a long look, despite being old for the league.


Matt Joyce - Outfielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

SS-A

Oneonta

245

.331

.850

.106

123

.106

0.97


Matt Joyce had a very strong season for Oneonta as evidenced by his .850 OPS, however, those numbers weren't quite as impressive as one would have hoped, namely when it comes to his power. An SLG+ of 123 would lead one to believe that while he may not crush the ball, but that strong slugging was brought on by such a high average. An ISO of just .106 shows that Joyce wasn't hitting as well as one might have hoped, and while he had excellent patience, Joyce will need to continue to develop his power if he doesn't want to stall out, similar to how David Espinosa has.


Justin Justice - Outfielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

A

West Mich.

287

.230

.596

.073

82.5

.049

4.20

SS-A

Oneonta

160

.275

.822

.138

119

.126

2.13


Justin Justice didn't have a ton of success for West Michigan in the first half of his season, but things went better in the second half for Oneonta. At his age, he likely was simply moved too fast and wasn't ready for the rigors of full season ball. But in Oneonta, Justice posted better power numbers and showed much better patience. The key for Justice now will be to duplicate his Oneonta success at West Michigan in 2006.


Jeramy Laster - Outfielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

SS-A

Oneonta

120

.208

.603

.092

86.1

.095

4.08


In limited at bats, Laster saw his patience improve from 2005, but little else followed suit. Laster's average was barely above the Mendoza line, meanwhile his power numbers weren't very impressive either. At 20, Laster still has youth on his side, but will have to start seeing his numbers develop somewhere if he hopes to stick around, because an OPS barely above .600 won't get him anywhere fast.


Rafael Mendez - First Baseman

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

SS-A

Oneonta

113

.186

.601

.097

79.3

.154

1.62


A corner infielder, Rafael Mendez is going to need to develop some sort of a power stroke if he hopes to continue playing professional baseball. Mendez posted a great walk rate, but that is overshadowed by his .186 batting average. No power and struggling to make contact, no matter how good the walk rate, isn't going to be a recipe for success for Mendez.


Cory Middleton - Third Baseman

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

SS-A

Oneonta

259

.247

.730

.166

112

.065

3.16


On a team where patience had a premium put on it, that was likely the one thing keeping Middleton from having a breakout year. Middleton, 20, but 19 throughout the year, struggled some with making contact, but more than made up for it with very solid power numbers. The key for Middleton will be to continue to improve his patience while hopefully improving his average as well, bringing his OPS to even more impressive levels.


William Rhymes - Second Baseman

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

SS-A

Oneonta

250

.328

.811

.080

114

.090

0.60


In contrast to Middleton, Will Rhymes showed exactly what good contact and some patience can do for you. Despite not having a lot of power (his ISO was half of Middleton's), his OPS was more than 80 points higher because he made excellent contact and got on base at great rates, with very few strikeouts and no issues making contact. Rhymes, the typical leadoff prototype will simply need to keep doing exactly what he did in 2005, but be cognizant of the fact that he'll be 23 by Opening Day '06, and will need to progress quickly.


Joel Roa - Catcher

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

SS-A

Oneonta

138

.239

.668

.123

101

.060

6.33


Despite moving up a league from '05, Roa showed many of the same symptoms of a youngster that hadn't quite learned the level he was playing at yet. Roa struggled making contact (57 strikeouts in 138 at bats and .239 average), meanwhile still not walking a lot. Roa has some raw power in his bat, but that power can only do so much for productivity when his patience and contact are poor. Roa will have to work on both aspects moving forward.


Ryan Roberson - Infielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

SS-A

Oneonta

197

.284

.809

.183

130

.065

4.29


The big, imposing figure used his power to carry him at the plate for Oneonta in '05, with good power numbers and a solid batting average. Roberson struggled with his strikeouts, but they wouldn't be same concern if he could improve his patience some. His power numbers pulled his OPS up above .800, but being 22, he's not at a point where he can claim youth with time to develop.


Brandon Timm - Outfielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

SS-A

Oneonta

169

.260

.672

.041

85.3

.125

2.00


Brandon Timm has some speed, but with only nine swipes in 200 plate appearances, he wasn't exactly a burner on the basepaths. Conversely, his power numbers were abysmal, with only a decent average getting him anywhere near league average (and at that, his 85.3 is still well below) and an ISO that proves his power was virtually non-existent. He'll turn 21 later this year, so his solid patience is a good tool, but he'll at least have to see some sort of gap power develop soon.



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