2005 Lakeland Position Players 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 position players who had at least 150 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 and team historical average, accounts for pitcher/hitter leagues and parks (100 is average)
BB/PA: percentage of plate appearances per walk
K:BB: number of strikeouts for each walk

Juan Francia - Infielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

A+

Lakeland

255

.325

.779

.055

98.7

.093

1.26


The infielder continues to show promise that he can emerged as a slap-hitting leadoff hitter. Francia posted an excellent average for Lakeland, and on top of that, posted solid walk rates, not striking out too much and taking a walk less than once every eleven at bats. Of course, his power comes directly from having a high average, as he doesn't even display much gap power, which will likely present a problem down the line.


Vincent Blue - Centerfielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

A+

Lakeland

498

.297

.700

.040

89.1

.085

1.79


While some were very optimistic about Blue's season with Lakeland, his peripheral stats reveal that it wasn't quite the great season many first thought it was. Blue had a very good batting average, but for someone that actually hit for even less power than Francia, his walk rate wasn't even as good. Blue is an incredible athlete, but the power many projected him to have hasn't come around, meaning he'll have to rely on his ability to get on base to utilize his speed.


Brent Clevlen - Outfielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

A+

Lakeland

494

.302

.871

.174

126

.114

1.82


Clevlen had a spectacular season for the L-Tigers, and his peripheral stats back that up. His high average speaks for itself, but it's his patience and power that give him so much promise for the future. Clevlen had good gap power and a good home run stroke, while showing excellent patience and keeping his walk rate low. His numbers show yet again why he's '05 resurgence was one of the best stories the Tigers had for the year.


Juan Gonzalez - Infielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

A+

Lakeland

219

.274

.679

.059

91.4

.070

1.94


The Tigers shipped Gonzalez to Seattle in the Carlos Guillen trade, but Seattle released him, and the Tigers brought him back for depth purposes (coincidentally, they also just recently resigned Ramon Santiago, meaning the Tigers traded literally nothing to acquire the shortstop that gave them a .920 OPS in 2004). Gonzalez provided acceptable numbers as a reserve player for the organization, with decent power and patience.


Kelly Hunt - First Baseman

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

A+

Lakeland

501

.216

.634

.160

97.4

.054

4.21


Kelly Hunt had another great power year; unfortunately, when his batting average dipped to the levels that it did, it spells for a rather pathetic performance. Hunt never had great plate patience and always struck out a ton, so when he has a struggling batting average, it shows in his OPS. Hunt has power (as evidenced by his very solid ISO), but he'll need to be a more complete hitter if he hopes to continue to advance.


Kody Kirkland - Third Baseman

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

A+

Lakeland

443

.266

.812

.183

122

.072

2.83


Much like Clevlen, Kirkland was in desperate need of a resurgence after a disappointing 2004. He certainly got it, with an impressive power surge. Kirkland's ISO show that he can get the ball into the gaps and over the fences, but his patience at the plate could still use a little bit of work, as his on base percentage was aided by an extremely high number of HBP's (he led the team with 16). Kirkland still could work on contact though, and his defense could lead to a position switch, where his offense wouldn't be as impressive.


Garth McKinney - Outfielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

A+

Lakeland

401

.242

.772

.222

122

.059

5.81


McKinney has always had one huge problem, and that is that he can't make consistent contact. He marginally improved in that area with Lakeland, but his low average will continue to keep his OPS down, which is unfortunate, because he has quite possibly the best power swing on the team, with easily the best ISO on the team, showing excellent power. But few walks and a low batting average will make it tough for him to get by on power alone.


Gilberto Mejia - Infielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

A+

Lakeland

260

.265

.657

.061

87.0

.067

3.37


Mejia was much like Gonzalez, in that he provides solid help for a team up-the-middle, albeit he's never going to be an emerging big league player, but Mejia can provide solid defense while not hurting the team at the plate for short stretches. He makes contact, hits for a little bit of power, and can hold his own – exactly what a team hopes for in a utility infielder.


Derek Nicholson - Outfielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

A+

Lakeland

427

.297

.881

.192

130

.119

1.31


Nicholson's numbers are impressive; of course, being a minor league veteran, he's paid to produce those types of numbers even though the organization has little hope of him ever moving up and producing at the big league level. Nicholson can hit the cover off the ball, shows patience and makes contact – again, everything expected out of a minor league veteran on the roster to help protect the young stars in the lineup.


Eric Rodland - Second Baseman

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

A+

Lakeland

230

.278

.759

.126

107

.085

1.91


The second baseman has been one of the most puzzling players to figure out in the Tigers' system over the past couple years. Rodland can produce, posts above average numbers across the board for a second baseman, but can't seem to hold down an everyday job. Respectable patience and contact and a decent amount of power can lead to keeping a job, but not necessarily earning one, which is what it appears the Tigers want Rodland to do to get 500 at bats like Vincent Blue or Kody Kirkland.


Danilo Sanchez - Catcher

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

A+

Lakeland

349

.284

.885

.241

136

.095

1.37


Danilo Sanchez is definitely old for his league (25 in high-A ball), but it's extremely difficult to argue with his production. Sanchez had the best OPS on the entire team, and it's not hard to see why. He made good contact, showed good patience, while absolutely crushing the ball power-wise. His ISO is a perfect indicator of just how hard he's hitting the ball, and why Sanchez is a player to watch as a potential successor to Ivan Rodriguez behind the plate.


Scott Tousa - Infielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

A+

Lakeland

203

.310

.782

.054

97.1

.104

1.56


Yet another player that likely doesn't have a big future, but much like Gilberto Mejia, he can take the field, give solid defense, and not hurt the team offensively. Tousa is already 26 years old, but a .300 batting average and good patience mean he can at minimum get on base, and he can't worry about the stars scoring him. So long as he can provide defense and get on base, he'll find a job as a veteran minor leaguer.



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