TigsStats: 2008 Second Basemen in Review

As spring training begins to approach, it's time to take a position-by-position look at how the Tigers' minor leaguers performed in the stat book. Continuing down the list, we examine those that make their home at the keystone.

Ed. Notes: To qualify for the analysis players needed a minimum of more than 100 AB's. Also, the player's listed age is his baseball playing age for the 2008 season (age as of June 1, 2008)

Will Rhymes - Age: 25

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

AA

Erie

541

.307

.348

.359

.392

.085

.085

.129

.739


Will Rhymes draws some impressive comparisons to Placido Polanco, and his statistics show why. Rhymes has always hit for a solid average (not luck based), can take a walk, rarely strikes out, and is solid on the basepaths. But, he's never going to hit for much power. That being said, so long as those average and OBP stats remain consistent, Rhymes will find a future in baseball.


Justin Henry - Age: 23

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A

West Michigan

475

.295

.317

.352

.360

.065

.093

.076

.794


Henry is very similar to Rhymes in many cases, only he's even quicker and more efficient on the basepaths, and could have even been the subject of a bit of bad luck with his average. Power isn't there, but with solid patience and contact, Henry can overcome his lack of power (which might rebound a bit in a more hitter-friendly park).


Max Leon - Age: 23

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

AA

Erie

394

.289

.340

.340

.398

.109

.081

.183

.682


Max Leon fits the mold that Rhymes and Henry established, only his strikeout rate was a bit higher, and his stolen base rate a bit lower. On the flip side, he could reach back and hit for extra bases on occasion. His average was consistent, as was his walk-rate. All in all, a solid yet unspectacular season in almost every facet for a second baseman.


Louis Ott - Age: 23

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A+

Lakeland

343

.254

.329

.345

.321

.067

.143

.242

.5


Ott's primary position is second base, though he obviously moved around quite a bit (he got more at-bats at third and DH than at second). Ott strikes out often, but walks plenty too, which helps balance that out. Power, as is typical, is minimal.


Michael Hollimon - Age: 25

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

AAA

Toledo

331

.211

.266

.303

.420

.208

.136

.329

.7


Hollimon's season wasn't what anyone was expecting, but much of it likely can be attributed to some bad luck and some injury issues. His batting average has never been outstanding, but some clear bad luck drove it down. And the good news is that his walk rate and isolated power numbers remained strong – some better luck (and better health) should lead to a rebound year for Hollimon.


Michael Gosse - Age: 24

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A-

Oneonta

231

.277

.296

.319

.346

.069

.069

.074

.25


Gosse sported a solid average, and had a decent walk rate, but beyond that, did nothing to differentiate himself. His power was very low, and the only true plus was his contact rate where he rarely struck out – on the flip side, his lower average on balls in play would likely lead to indicate that he substituted strikeouts for weakly hit balls that resulted in outs.


Roger Tomas - Age: 22

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A

West Michigan

210

.310

.362

.357

.348

.038

.081

.152

.6


Tomas did very little beyond maintain a very good batting average, much of which could have been attributed to luck, whereas in 2007 he was adversely unlucky when it came to his average. Tomas hit for almost no power (though his home park didn't help), but did take an occasional walk.


Scott Sizemore - Age: 23

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A+

Lakeland

203

.286

.348

.357

.409

.123

.118

.217

.824


Scott Sizemore lost the second half of his season to a wrist injury, but put together a respectable season while he was on the field. Sizemore's batting average might have a tad bit of luck in it, but his walk rate was still strong, and hit for a bit of power (more than the typical second baseman anyway). One underrated area for Sizemore – a steal rate better than 80%, a big jump up and a possible indication that he's selectivity on the basepaths has led to more efficient steal attempts.


Coanabo Cosme - Age: 29

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

AAA

Toledo

182

.258

.347

.288

.363

.104

.044

.297

0


Cosme was added for organizational depth and proved to be exactly what the Tigers were expecting – a solid veteran that wasn't going to be particularly great at the plate. Cosmo's average was, well, average (and possibly a bit lucky). Cosme struck out a lot and didn't walk much either.


Alexander Nunez - Age: 18

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

DSL Tigers

167

.269

.358

.363

.341

.072

.150

.257

.667


Nunez had a very good walk rate, especially for his age, and now it's just a matter of seeing how the rest of his game comes around. His strikeouts were still clearly too high (one in four at-bats) but that is something that will typically relent with more experience. His average might have been a bit lucky, so it will be important for his power swing to develop as he matures, which will be a challenge for him stateside.


Ronald Torrealba - Age: 18

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

VSL Tigers

147

.177

.211

.280

.224

.048

.143

.163

0


Torrealba struggled mightily for the VSL Tigers, though his poor average could be attributed at least in part to some pure bad luck, with an average on balls in play just barely above .200. His walk rate was very good, but his power was limited. Despite the rough season, Torrealba is likely due for a bump up in performance based on better luck alone.


Carmelo Jaime Valentin - Age: 22

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A+

Lakeland

142

.204

.261

.286

.239

.035

.120

.218

.273


Carmelo filled in at Lakeland at the keystone, where he struggled, but again, didn't have luck on his side. His walk rate unfortunately was the lone bright spot, as he struck out plenty and hit for almost no power.


Santo Heredia - Age: 18

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

DSL Tigers

136

.272

.336

.361

.375

.103

.140

.191

.696


Heredia had an all-around solid season, with a good walk rate, some power and a respectable steal percentage as well. Cutting down on his strikeouts would be helpful, though given his strong walk numbers, certainly not a need. If his power continues to blossom, Heredia could be one to watch as he matures.


Alden Carrithers - Age: 23

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

GCL Tigers

114

.316

.366

.441

.430

.114

.246

.167

.941


The UCLA-product was the offensive leader for the GCL Tigers. Carrithers walked nearly once for every four at-bats, while striking out notably less. His power was respectable, and his average was great (though possibly a bit inflated). Carrithers was also a force on the basepaths, leading him to be a potentially-great leadoff hitter with his on base and walk credentials, assuming he continues that success as he moves up the ladder.



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