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

Edwin Almonte - Right handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

4.97

50.2

1.40

8.88

1.78

3.57

.279


Almonte was praised for his work for Erie in 2005, stepping as a reliable option in the back of the SeaWolves' bullpen. Overlooking the fact that Almonte is 29 and not a prospect, his peripherals still weren't that dominating. His ERA approached five, he allowed a lot of baserunners and gave up a ton of long balls. Only his strikeout rates would be considered acceptable.


John Birtwell - Right handed Pitcher

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

4.46

40.1

1.39

5.13

1.34

1.44

.258


John Birtwell has worked hard to get back into pitching shape, but wasn't dominating for the ‘Wolves, pitching exclusively out of the bullpen. Birtwell's ERA was acceptable but not impressive, meanwhile his home run totals were also high, and he wasn't a strikeout pitcher. Birtwell relied heavily on his defense, something that worked well, but with struggling control, it will remain an issue.


Mike Bumatay - Left handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

4.08

64.0

1.44

10.13

1.13

2.00

.232


Another reliever, Bumatay was used exclusively out of the bullpen, but not in the fashion one would expect, as he was pitching more for an inning-plus as opposed to just a situational left-hander. Bumatay's strikeout numbers were impressive, but he also walked a good number of batters. Bumatay will have to hone his control if he hopes to push for a situational job at the big league level.


Nate Cornejo - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

4.59

102.0

1.40

4.24

1.32

2.82

.307


Back when he was a top prospect, Cornejo pitched for the SeaWolves and was widely viewed as one of the top pitching prospects in the entire Eastern League. But after seeing his arm strength deteriorate, Cornejo no longer has the ability to throw heat, needing to rely on location and defense. He didn't walk too many, but he gave up plenty of hits and didn't show enough promise to make many believe he'll ever be able to return to the level of a competitive big league pitcher.


Corey Hamman - Left handed Pitcher

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

4.29

92.1

1.36

5.85

0.78

3.53

.291


Despite being shifted between the rotation and the bullpen, Hamman had one of the more impressive seasons among pitchers for the ‘Wolves. Hamman had average strikeout numbers, but showed excellent control and posted very good home run numbers considering his home park. Hamman gets viewed by the organization as not much more than a useful minor league veteran (and in turning 26 in the first week of the season, they have their reasons), however, Hamman could still yet be a contributor somewhere at the big league level.


Rob Henkel - Left handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

5.70

79.0

1.70

6.04

1.59

1.78

.320


Rob Henkel was hoping to overcome yet another serious injury in 2005 (a torn labrum), but luck wasn't on his side. Henkel was the prize of the Mark Redman trade, but injuries kept him from ever fulfilling his promise. His numbers across the board were simply not good, as only his strikeouts were even reasonably good, and that is countered with below average control and an incredibly high WHIP. All this led to the reason for Henkel being released this past fall at the end of the year.


Jeremy Johnson - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

4.91

132.0

1.54

5.59

1.57

1.95

.300


Another pitcher coming back from serious surgery, except Johnson just turned 23 late in the '05 season. Unfortunately, Johnson's numbers weren't what the Tigers were hoping for from a once promising prospect. Johnson's ERA was obviously high, his strikeout numbers weren't dominating, he didn't even strike out two batters for each one he walked, and again his average against was high.


Mark Johnson - Right handed Pitcher

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

5.06

80.0

1.30

5.63

1.24

3.33

.276


Another former Rule 5 selection, Johnson was another pitcher for the ‘Wolves that didn't completely bomb, but didn't do much to help the team climb out of the cellar in the Southern division. Johnson didn't allow too many baserunners and displayed good control, but at 30 years of age, Johnson is nothing more than a minor league veteran who can eat innings for a team devoid of prospects.


Adam Peterson - Right handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

6.58

64.1

1.76

7.55

1.12

1.54

.299


The Tigers went out and grabbed Peterson in the spring off the waiver wire, thinking he might be very good reliever in the next couple years. Unfortunately, the Tigers instead got the reason why he was available on the waiver wire to begin with. Peterson had an extremely high ERA, allowed far too many baserunners while struggling with control, and kept up many of those problems in the Arizona Fall League.


Lee Rodney - Right handed Reliever

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

3.99

79.0

1.52

6.04

0.57

1.83

.292


Rodney was an extremely reliable reliever for the SeaWolves, proving capable of posting an ERA under 4 and limiting the home runs he allowed. Rodney wasn't perfect though, with still a high average against and some control issues. But at 28, Rodney has likely passed the prospect stage.


Humberto Sanchez - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

5.57

64.2

1.53

9.05

1.39

2.41

.283


Humberto has easily been one of the most frustrating prospects in the system, posting certain numbers that make one salivate at his potential, while on the other hand posting others that make one want to pull his hair out. Sanchez was bothered by injuries, but still was able to strike out more than a batter per inning. His control was a bit improved, but he still got hit hard, which resulted in the bloated ERA. Sanchez nevertheless will remain a prospect to watch with his repertoire.


Virgil Vasquez - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

5.27

83.2

1.28

5.70

1.08

3.79

.281


Vasquez got the promotion to Erie from Lakeland early in the year, and while his record and ERA weren't too impressive, there's a good chance Vasquez can improve his overall numbers. He didn't allow too many baserunners, he again had excellent control, and while he allowed a fair share of home runs, most do in the small Erie ballpark. He'll likely return to Erie in '06, where if he can repeat his peripherals he'll likely see an improvement in the rest of the numbers.


Joel Zumaya - Right handed Starter

Level

Team

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

HR/9

K:BB

AVG

AA

Erie

2.77

107.1

1.15

11.99

0.67

2.75

.187


With the exception of the struggling walk rates, Zumaya's statistics were nothing short of dominant. Striking out 12 batters every nine innings, Zumaya posted an average against under the Mendoza Line, which was so impressive that despite his high walk total his WHIP was still excellent. Simply put, the only blemish on Zumaya's '05 was his high walks, and even that gets offset by his impressive strikeouts. It's no secret Zumaya is a stud, these numbers just re-enforce that fact.



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