TigsStats: 2008 Shortstops 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. Rounding out the infield, the talented players the Tigers have at short.

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)

Audy Ciriaco - Age: 20

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A

West Michigan

417

.240

.272

.265

.343

.103

.038

.163

.667


Audy Ciriaco is a player that the Tigers have been watching for the past couple of seasons. But that is due to the immense potential he shows athletically, not because of his statistics. Ciriaco likely got unlucky with his batting average, except his average on balls in play has been consistently low. He didn't strike out too much, but he rarely walked, and didn't hit for enough power to justify it. His tools are impressive, but his stats aren't there yet.


Luis Palacios - Age: 18

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

GCL Tigers

147

.245

.308

.302

.395

.150

.082

.252

0


Palacios actually put together a solid power stat, and was able to take an occasional walk. In many ways, Palacios fits the mold of a prototype power hitter – strong ISO, low batting average, lots of strikeouts. The fact that Palacios did this at age 18 leaves encouragement for his future.


Danny Worth - Age: 22

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

AA

Erie

297

.256

.305

.325

.387

.131

.108

.199

1


Worth battled through a nagging injury throughout much of the 2008 season, which could help explain the dip in his productivity. That being said, he still walked more than once for every 10 at-bats, had a respectable ISO, and his BABIP was well below his historical average, leading one to believe a rebound season is in line for '09.


Shawn Roof - Age: 23

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A+

Lakeland

358

.251

.303

.319

.291

.039

.101

.170

.462


Roof is a shortstop by trade, but is more of a utility player in nature, once again getting playing time all around the diamond. Like Worth, Roof had a decent (that could be better) average, and was able to take a walk. The one key difference - Roof hit for very little power. But on the scale of utility players, Roof can hold his own at the plate, which is most important in that slot.


Cale Iorg - Age: 22

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A+

Lakeland

383

.251

.328

.312

.405

.154

.091

.290

.667


When looking at the peripherals, Iorg in many ways underperformed vs. Worth. Their power was similar, while Iorg walked less and struck out more, and their batting averages were relatively similar (given the likelihood of bad luck for Danny). Like Ciriaco however, Iorg has earned his lofty prospect status due to his impressive tools. Iorg's power is likely undersold because of the large park he played in.


Hernan Perez - Age: 17

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

VSL Tigers

265

.226

.258

.268

.298

.072

.060

.132

.5


The shortstop product, that is heading stateside in 2009, had a relatively underwhelming season statistically. His average was certainly down due to some bad luck, but he still didn't walk much and his power wasn't overly impressive. But, he was young, and has the tools that made him impressive enough to warrant bringing to Lakeland come spring.


Domingo Gonzalez - Age: 17

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

DSL Tigers

172

.134

.179

.212

.215

.081

.099

.308

.667


It's tough to analyze Gonzalez's numbers simply because of how poor they were, starting with his incredibly low batting average (though incredibly bad luck likely played at least a part in the role). He did walk a fair amount, but struck out plenty more, and hit for moderate power.


Erick Almonte - Age: 28

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

AAA

Toledo

395

.258

.293

.347

.408

.149

.139

.180

.6


Almonte is the prototypical 4-A player – someone clearly good enough to perform against Triple-A competition, but someone also not likely to command big league playing time. Almonte's average was likely down because of luck, and the rest of his numbers were very good across the board. He's an ideal candidate to be a shortstop on a team where the depth at the higher levels in the minors isn't there. Fortunately, the Tigers don't have that problem and that's why he won't be returning in 2009.


Gustavo Nunez - Age: 20

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

GCL Tigers

187

.235

.289

.282

.283

.048

.070

.187

.333


Nunez, like quite a few others, didn't post great numbers. Possibly a concern – Nunez hit for very little power, and also had a very low steal rate. At just 20, Nunez certainly isn't done as a prospect, but low average, mediocre patience, little power and poor steal rates aren't a recipe for success.


Samuel Ortiz - Age: 16

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

DSL Tigers

152

.217

.320

.290

.276

.059

.105

.322

.667


Samuel Ortiz, just 16, didn't have an outstanding season, but certainly could still be a player given his relative youth. Ortiz did have a nice walk rate despite his age, indiciating he's learning patience at a young age.


Brandon Douglas - Age: 22

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A-

Oneonta

274

.328

.351

.360

.445

.117

.051

.091

.895


Douglas spent time throughout the 2008 season at four different stops, but spent the majority of his time in Oneonta, where he excelled. Douglas hit for a great average, respectable power, and rarely struck out. Of course, the numbers above show that Douglas might be in line for a regression in 2009 – his average was a bit lucky on the high side, he didn't take many walks, and his power numbers weren't that great either. Douglas had a nice year, but he might not be ready for a repeat.


Adam Frost - Age: 21

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

GCL Tigers

201

.259

.277

.301

.468

.209

.065

.169

.667


Frost is another in the category of more of a utility player, as he spent more time elsewhere on the diamond than at shortstop. Frost was solid in most areas, and very impressive when it came to his power. With college experience, Frost might have had a bit of a leg up, but he's still a very raw player, and nevertheless it was a nice showing.


Brent Wyatt - Age: 23

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A-

Oneonta

197

.305

.385

.381

.391

.086

.127

.208

.556


Wyatt's strengths are clear – he shows great patience, taking plenty of walks. Wyatt also hit for a very good average, but his average on balls in play indicates that might have been propped up by a bit of luck – add that in with a relatively low ISO, and Wyatt's season might have been a tad more lucky than actual talent on display. Also worth noting, while Wyatt did get some time at short, he's likely destined for the outfield in '09.


Derek Wathan - Age: 31

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

AAA

Toledo

283

.212

.252

.241

.286

.074

.039

.191

.667


Wathan, another utility man, actually saw time at five different spots on the field, plus designated hitter. Wathan doesn't walk much, and his average was low (albeit unlucky) and not a ton of power. Not exactly a banner display, but levels that are adequate enough to find a job somewhere as a minor league vet.



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