2005 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 2005 Lakeland Tigers pitchers who had at least 40 innings of work, and their peripheral stats.

Nate Bumstead - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A+

Lakeland

2.58

160.2

1.21

6.22

0.62

1.91

.227


Nate Bumstead is one of the most interesting stories for the Tigers, as he's posted great raw numbers the last two years, but without giving any indication that he'll actually be able to keep it up (but they thought that coming out of college too, why he fell to the 32nd round). Bumstead still must use deception though, and he hasn't proven that he can strike out batters regularly while keeping his walks down. An interesting case to watch as he moves up nevertheless.


Eulogio de la Cruz - Right handed Pitcher

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A+

Lakeland

3.39

95.2

1.07

9.13

0.47

2.69

.191


In a pivotal season for de la Cruz, he stepped up in the biggest way. There were concerns that his strikeout numbers were low for a pitcher that threw heat like he did. There were also concerns about his lack of an off-speed pitch. Both concerns were answered very well by de la Cruz, who moved back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen. He kept avoiding bats, kept runners off the basepaths, and improved his strikeout numbers. He's solidified himself as a very good relief prospect for the Tigers.


Brian Hensen - Left handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A+

Lakeland

3.77

62.0

1.39

5.23

1.02

2.12

.289


Hensen posted a good ERA, but that ERA is rather deceptive, as his peripheral numbers show. Hensen was used exclusively as a lefty reliever, but was only average in pretty much every stat. He didn't record strikeouts regularly, he allowed way too many baserunners, and simply provided only average relief.


Chris Homer - Right handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A+

Lakeland

3.09

64.0

1.25

7.03

0.56

2.00

.240


The 24-year old is likely past the prospect stage, being more of a veteran presence for the team. He did a respectable though not great job of doing that, carrying numbers good enough that he can be relied upon, but not good enough to the point where he's making serious noise in the organization.


Kevin McDowell - Right handed Pitcher

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A+

Lakeland

6.06

84.2

1.64

6.70

0.85

1.50

.294


Kevin McDowell's numbers simply weren't very good. Not only was he not productive in simply keeping runs from scoring, but he didn't do any of the little things well either, giving up plenty of hits, a good number of home runs and struggling with control. A likely explanation for why the Tigers elected to release McDowell at the end of the year.


Jermy Rodriguez - Right handed Pitcher

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A+

Lakeland

4.73

64.2

1.30

6.96

0.97

2.08

.247


Rodriguez is a minor league veteran who the Tigers relied on to be a swingman, moving into the rotation when they started running short on starting pitchers. Rodriguez posted acceptable numbers as far as his ERA and strikeout rates were concerned; the only real issue with his numbers was his high home run total, averaging nearly a home run per nine innings.


Brian Rogers - Right handed Pitcher

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A+

Lakeland

2.06

65.2

1.08

8.91

0.27

3.10

.212


Who would have thought a move to the bullpen would have turned things around so well for Rogers. After posting mediocre numbers for pitcher-friendly West Michigan, Rogers turned it up for the L-Tigers this year, with an excellent ERA as well as excellent peripherals. He picked up his strikeouts, continued to display excellent patience, and limited the baserunners. The Tigers might have found themselves an excellent relief candidate in the coming years.


Jordan Tata - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A+

Lakeland

2.79

155.0

1.16

7.78

0.70

3.27

.239


Tata emerged as one of the top starters in the organization in 2005, and it's not hard to see why. Tata's strikeout rates were very good, he showed very good control, and limited the opposition and its baserunners. His home run numbers were a bit high, but that's nitpicking. Tata simply posted very good numbers in every single category, and will now hope to continue that in tiny Jerry Uht Park.


Justin Verlander - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A+

Lakeland

1.67

86.0

1.03

10.9

0.31

5.47

.230


Justin Verlander spent time at three levels in '05, but most of it came with the L-Tigers where he pitched for the first few months of the year. As if it weren't known or obvious enough, Verlander was simply dominant. Allowed barely over a baserunner per inning, and on top of that was striking out batters left and right with a bare minimum ERA. He continued those numbers at Erie, and while had his share of struggles in Detroit, there's no telling what he can accomplish as he gets acclimated to the big league level.


Daniel Zell - Left handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

A+

Lakeland

2.15

75.1

1.29

5.97

0.36

1.92

.248


Zell pitched almost exclusively out of the bullpen for the L-Tigers, with a good amount of success. His ERA obviously speaks for itself, meanwhile the rest of statistics were practically mirror images of themselves from his previous season. The only other concern with Zell is his age, where he's now 24 years old. Of course, Tata is a couple months older than Zell, so his age isn't too big of a concern just yet. The questions will be answered with Zell in the coming year, where he'll face stiffer competition in a less-friendly park.



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