2005 Erie 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 Erie SeaWolves 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

Kurt Airoso - Outfielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

AA

Erie

381

.281

.893

.252

132

.088

2.76


The power hitting Airoso returned to Erie in 2005 after setting the team's home run record in 2004. Of course, at 30, Airoso isn't viewed as a prospect, but rather as a power bat in the middle of the lineup to help protect the team's prospects; his importance was magnified with the substantial losses the team had when both Ryan Raburn and Curtis Granderson were elevated. Airoso can swing for the fences, but is nothing more than a minor league veteran.


David Espinosa - Outfielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

AA

Erie

431

.262

.773

.130

89.6

.130

1.65


No matter how impressive Espinosa's walk rates are, without a significant bump in his power numbers, it's hard to imagine Espinosa ever becoming a serious contributor at the big league level. His patience at the plate is undoubtedly his strong suit, but without the ability to move to center, his low power numbers (in a power hitting park no less) will keep him from being an everyday big leaguer.


Juan Francia - Infielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

AA

Erie

300

.290

.726

.080

96.5

.051

2.53


The slap-hitting Francia has made quick work of the Tigers farm system since turning his career around in 2004 for West Michigan. After a half season in Lakeland, he moved up to Erie where he continued to be productive, even showing a bit of a power stroke. But being largely a slap hitter means Francia will need a solid walk rate to get him through times when he isn't hitting; something he hasn't done yet.


Byron Gettis - Outfielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

AA

Erie

252

.274

.790

.159

108

.081

3.52


Another outfielder the Tigers snagged in the fall of 2004, Gettis didn't really excel in his newfound home either. His power numbers were respectable, but certainly not amazing for a power-hitting corner outfielder in a small park. Gettis will have to put together a more impressive season if he hopes to make a move toward cracking the big league level.


Tony Giarratano - Shortstop

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

AA

Erie

346

.266

.707

.098

92.3

.082

2.34


After a breakout season in 2004 at the two A-levels, 2005 could be summed up as nothing more than a huge disappointment. Giarratano did so well in '04 that he received an invite to big league camp, where he came very close to earning a spot on the club. The demotion seemed to hit him hard, as his numbers dipped across the board. He'll likely return to Erie where he'll hope to pick up where he left off in Lakeland.


Don Kelly - Infielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

AA

Erie

329

.340

.909

.158

126

.097

1.19


After an injury that nearly ended Kelly's career, he came back with a vengeance in 2005, destroying Eastern League pitching for the SeaWolves. His power was excellent for a shortstop, and still good for a third baseman. He also posted a very solid walk rate, all of which led to an OPS over .900. Now he just needs to show he can continue that success outside of the friendly confines of Jerry Uht Park.


Chris Maples - Infielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

AA

Erie

333

.225

.688

.180

100

.054

4.90


Chris Maples has been regarded as not much more than a utility infielder in his time with the Tigers, but he posted a surprisingly solid power number, even though his slugging percentage only ended up as average. The power is promising, unfortunately his patience and strikeout rates leave a lot to be desired.


Victor Mendez - Outfielder

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

AA

Erie

325

.231

.680

.142

93.6

.088

2.56


Mendez has been considered a player loaded with potential, but he's simply never been able to fulfill that enormous potential. Mendez had a decent power output, unfortunately, his low average limited his productivity, and his slugging percentage was still below average. Not what one is hoping for from an outfielder, regardless of other abilities.


Mike Rabelo - Catcher

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

AA

Erie

282

.273

.700

.089

90.3

.057

2.33


Mike Rabelo has always been more of a defensive presence than a player that could come to the plate and swing the stick well, but he'll likely need to do better than what he did for Erie if he hopes to get a shot in Detroit. Rabelo had a nice 2004 season in Lakeland, but seemed to regress in a more hitter-friendly ballpark, where his power numbers dipped and his walk rates stayed too low. His defense, while good, can only carry him so far.


Max St. Pierre - Catcher

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

AA

Erie

360

.278

.690

.092

91.3

.059

2.39


Rabelo is good behind the plate, but St. Pierre is even better. Unfortunately, his offense is just as low as Rabelo's is, with virtually identical offensive numbers. St. Pierre received more at bats, but didn't get many more walks, hit for much more power, or do anything of significance at the plate. His defense can carry him a bit farther, but not much.


Juan Tejeda - First Baseman

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

AA

Erie

470

.291

.801

.151

111

.078

2.10


Juan Tejeda battled through injuries in 2005, but eventually came through with a big summer to pull his numbers back up to respectability. Unfortunately, the Tigers allowed Tejeda to leave the organization via the six year free agency route, and a potential valuable member of the club has been lost.


Michael Woods - Utility

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OPS

ISO

SLG+

BB/PA

K:BB

AA

Erie

451

.231

.658

.106

86.6

.097

2.38


After many years of trying to hold up at second base, the Tigers decided to try playing Woods in the outfield. Unfortunately, his numbers were still low, with a very low average and poor power. The only reason Woods' season wasn't a complete bust was because of his strong walk rate. Even that though couldn't get him to an OPS above .700.



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