TigsTown '07 Year in Review: First Base

With the season having come to a close months ago, it's time to take a deeper look at the player's performance, to see how not just their raw numbers came out, but how their rate and peripheral stats showed they truly produced in '07.

Mike Hessman - Age: 29

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

AAA

Toledo

422

.254

.352

.541

.287

.152

.363

.353


Hessman at this point is well known to Tiger fans, having made appearances in Detroit the past two seasons. While in Toledo, Hessman has done exactly what has been expected – and that is, simply hit the cover off the ball. He also takes a good number of walks, and while he strikes out plenty, that's often expected from someone with the type of power Hessman has.


Ryan Roberson - Age: 23

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A+

Lakeland

369

.266

.323

.469

.204

.085

.296

1


Roberson is in some ways a young version of Hessman, with plenty of power potential and plenty of strikeouts, but he doesn't possess quite the same walk rate. Roberson's walk rate isn't bad, but so long as he doesn't make a ton of contact, he'll need to show more on base skills.


Jeff Larish - Age: 24

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

AA

Erie

454

.267

.385

.516

.249

.192

.238

.75


Larish's make up has long been known to those that have followed him as one of the Tigers' top prospects, and his rate stats simply confirm what we've known. Larish has plenty of power, and takes plenty of walks, which combines to produce a great OPS and great production. Larish will strike out a lot, but his strikeout and walk rates are very close together, making the strikeouts an acceptable by-product because of his on base and power production.


Ryan Strieby - Age: 23

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A

West Michigan

443

.253

.346

.423

.17

.143

.177

.546


Strieby's numbers were solid, though not great considering his position. His pure power wasn't that great, and while that was somewhat limited given his home park, there was hope he was going to show more. His walk rate is good, and he doesn't strike out a lot, but given his position being power reliant, he'll need to show he can drive the ball more.


Chris Carlson - Age: 23

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

SS-A

Oneonta

258

.291

.363

.497

.206

.113

.132

0


Carlson had a very solid season with Oneonta, unfortunately, all his numbers have to be taken with a grain of salt, as he was 23 years old, and likely a bit old for his league and competition. Carlson's walk rate could stand to go up a bit, but as his strikeouts were low and his average was high, some of that can be discounted. The key for Carlson will be duplicating the success as he faces stiffer competition.


Chris Shelton - Age: 26

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

AAA

Toledo

411

.266

.367

.417

.151

.159

.275

.667


All things considered, especially where Shelton was when he started the 2006 season, these numbers are a disappointment. Shelton's contact wasn't great, his strikeouts were high, and he didn't even hit for that much power. Shelton is no longer with the organization.


Luis Grullon - Age: 19

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

R

DSL Tigers

120

.292

.414

.492

.2

.209

.359

.667


Grullon had an all-in-all successful run with the DSL Tigers. The only glaring hole in his stats are his astronomical strikeout numbers, striking out more than once every three at bats. But besides that, Grullon impressed, showing good patience, and hitting for power, despite being young and still developing.


Wade Lamont - Age: 22

Level

Team

AB

AVG.

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

R

GCL Tigers

106

.189

.272

.246

.057

.114

.274

1


Lamont struggled in his first season, with only his walk rate being anywhere near solid. Being a rookie and with not a lot of at bats, there is certainly room for improvement, but he'll need to show that in multiple areas of his game, including making better contact, and especially hitting for more power, as it was virtually non-existent in his first season.



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