2005 West Michigan 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 2005 West Michigan Whitecaps pitchers who had at least 40 innings of work, and their peripheral stats.

Kevin Ardoin - Right handed Pitcher

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

West Mich.

2.84

44.1

1.11

9.54

0.61

2.94

.202


The '05 draft pick, Ardoin's future is likely as a starter, but the Tigers used Ardoin exclusively out of the bullpen for the ‘Caps to avoid putting too many innings on his arm. He didn't get a ton of work, but what he did put in, he showed his ability as an already very polished pitcher. Ardoin kept his ERA low, allowed very few baserunners, and struck out plenty. The Tigers will be anxious to see Ardoin get to work for a full season, either repeating for the Whitecaps or at high-A Lakeland.


Randor Bierd - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

West Mich.

2.64

44.1

0.90

8.53

0.41

4.20

.194


numbers show. The 21 year old was virtually unhittable with a WHIP under one and an average under .200. Unfortunately, Bierd didn't continue that success at his next two stops, as he posted an ERA over five at both Lakeland and Erie, as he also struggled with his control and began to have more difficulty in keeping the opponent off the bases. A year older, Bierd will get a chance to return to his West Michigan form.


Ed Clelland - Left handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

West Mich.

3.40

42.1

1.11

7.87

0.64

4.63

.250


The veteran reliever was the team's lefty specialist, and once again excelled in the role. At 23 years of age, Clelland has more or less passed prospect status, but he nevertheless performed well for the ‘Caps, sporting excellent control and again working at keeping the opposition off the basepaths.


Jair Jurrjens - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

West Mich.

3.41

142.2

1.18

6.81

0.32

3.00

.246


Jair Jurrjens was one of the biggest success stories of the 2005 season, as Jurrjens emerged as one of the organization's top pitching prospects. Besides stepping up as the team's ace at just 19 years of age, Jurrjens did so with solid strikeout numbers and excellent control, all while doing a good job of limiting the opposition, both with hits and runs. Jurrjens has already stepped up, but now will have to prove he can continue to progress in Lakeland, in a less pitcher-friendly league and park.


Josh Kauten - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

West Mich.

3.32

78.2

1.12

5.61

0.80

4.08

.259


Kauten was another success story for the Whitecaps, as he posted very good numbers control-wise. Kauten wasn't much of a strikeout pitcher, but was just as effective as recording outs, and continued that success at Lakeland, where he made his final six starts. The only concern with Kauten's development was his dip in strikeouts-to-walks at Lakeland, where the ratio fell to 1.11. His age is also an issue, at 23, he's certainly not young for where he is in the organization.


Andrew Kown - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

West Mich.

4.36

150.2

1.35

5.85

0.60

1.89

.259


Andrew Kown had an up-and-down first full season as a member of the organization, as he started on a rough note, taking a ball off his face. Kown was able to come back and be a full year starter for the team, but the shot could have adversely affected Kown's development, as his strikeout numbers weren't great, and his control was up and down, likely why he saw a higher ERA than many were hoping for.


Lavon Lewis - Right handed Pitcher

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

West Mich.

2.38

45.1

1.10

6.15

0.40

1.82

.206


Lewis was moved all around for West Michigan, starting a game for the team and even recording a save for the team. Wherever he pitched, he seemed to have plenty of success, but still had some struggles with his control. Lewis missed plenty of bats which helped keep his WHIP down, but wasn't able to carry even a 2-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio. He isn't a strikeout pitcher, but as a future middle reliever (likely), Lewis cannot be issuing free passes at the rate he is.


Ian Ostlund - Right handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

West Mich.

2.40

48.2

0.76

9.99

0.56

4.15

.186


Ostlund was absolutely spectacular at the back end of the bullpen for West Michigan, with excellent ratios across the board. He rarely allowed baserunners, had excellent strikeout numbers, and was just all around very good. Unfortunately, he's 27 years old and no longer a prospect, just a minor league veteran.


Josh Rainwater - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

West Mich.

4.24

80.2

1.29

8.37

0.89

3.75

.266


Josh Rainwater started the year off with a setback, as torn ligaments in his knee delayed his start to the year. Once he was back in action though, he began to shine as a high draft pick out of high school. Rainwater did get hit, but not at an alarmingly high rate, though a home run ratio as high as his in a pitcher's park is a bit of a concern. Kauten has the strikeout ability and control, which means if he can avoid a few more bats, his ERA should drop considerably as well.


Matthew Righter - Right handed Pitcher

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

West Mich.

3.14

77.1

1.33

5.59

0.58

2.00

.261


Matthew Righter was moved back and forth for the Whitecaps, going to wherever he was needed. Wherever he was pitching though, Righter was solid, with decent averages across the board. Unfortunately, not a single number really made him stand out, as he proved to be the prototypical swingman. Righter at 24 is also headed for a career more along the lines of minor league veteran.


Anthony Tomey - Right handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

West Mich.

2.98

60.1

1.44

10.44

0.30

1.56

.194


Repeating the Midwest League, Anthony Tomey once again proved to be a reliever that simply couldn't be hit. His average was drastically low, his strikeout numbers were very high, and his home runs allowed were almost non existent. But what's holding Tomey back is his lack of control, which severely inflates his WHIP and hurts his ability as a reliever. At 24, Tomey isn't getting any younger, and his repeat of West Michigan isn't a good sign for his future.


Dallas Trahern - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A

West Mich.

3.58

156.0

1.33

3.81

0.52

1.32

.265


Trahern led the team in innings pitched and was a very solid starter for the team, but his peripheral stats show some disturbing trends. His strikeout numbers became virtually non-existent in 2005, a Nate Cornejo-like trend that shouldn't be considered good. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was also disturbingly low, a trend that cannot continue if Trahern wants to emerge as a top starter, much like his teammate Jair Jurrjens has.



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