TigsStats: 2008 Outfielders in Review Part 2

Spring training is now upon us, but before we dive into the 2009 season, it's time to take a position-by-position look at how the Tigers' minor leaguers performed in the stat book last year. Now, we move onto the outfielders that spent 2008 in the short season and rookie leagues.

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)

Hayden Parrott - Age: 19

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A-

Oneonta

303

.211

.260

.249

.317

.106

.053

.254

.000


Parrott has showed potential, but yet again wasn't able to translate that potential into production on the field. Parrott barely kept his average above the Mendoza Line, continued to lack patience, and only hit for a little bit of power. Adding in his strikeout numbers, and it's not a surprise the Tigers elected to release him last October.


Keith Stein - Age: 22

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A-

Oneonta

290

.193

.233

.252

.279

.086

.083

.207

1.000


While Parrott's average was low, Stein's was even lower, as he fell below the .200 mark for the season. Luck probably hurt him with just a .233 average on balls in play, but that can't make up for his poor power and only average patience. It should be noted however that Stein's West Michigan numbers are what truly pulled him down, with just four hits, none for extra bases in 43 at-bats.


Ben Guez - Age: 21

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A-

Oneonta

256

.223

.268

.306

.367

.145

.129

.223

.762


On the surface, Guez's season doesn't appear to be that strong – however, his peripherals actually show a very good all around season. Guez was very patient at the plate, had solid power, and stole bases at a good clip. If he pulls his average up (which might have been down a bit because of some bad luck anyway), he could be in line for a big jump.


Ivan Espinoza - Age: 19

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

VSL Tigers

247

.263

.320

.316

.287

.024

.077

.178

.500


The young Espinoza showed that he could be a decent slap hitter, and showed some patience at the plate, an encouraging sign for a young player. That being said, it will be hoped that as he develops physically he'll be able to manage to hit more than just singles, as his power was virtually non-existent.


Avisail Garcia - Age: 16

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

VSL Tigers

245

.298

.332

.337

.449

.151

.061

.159

.583


After a strong debut season, and despite his age, Garica will be heading stateside in hopes of continuing to put his strong power showing on display. Garcia didn't show much patience, but his hit tool is clearly strong and already productive, and given his age, should only improve.


Luis Castillo - Age: 19

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

VSL Tigers

212

.245

.273

.326

.292

.047

.123

.113

.7


Castillo, much like the Mets' second baseman, is a prototypical leadoff hitter. Castillo didn't post a great average, but made up for it with a good eye at the plate which kept his on base average up near respectability for a leadoff man. His power is limited, but his speed is good, and with a better batting average, he'll likely impress in the Gulf Coast League in '09.


Alexander Moreno - Age: 18

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

VSL Tigers

202

.238

.313

.282

.327

.089

.064

.272

.429


Moreno wasn't terrible, but there was room for improvement in many facets of his game. Long story short . . . he didn't walk enough, hit for enough power, he struck out too much, and his average wasn't even unluckily low. Luckily Moreno is just 18 and has room to grow and improve.


Wondy De Los Santos - Age: 18

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

VSL Tigers

186

.301

.333

.350

.398

.097

.081

.108

.667


De Los Santos had a strong year in 2008, but much of it was based on his strong average. That being said, De Los Santos' peripherals were still solid, albeit not great. One other impressive note – Wondy's ability to avoid strikeouts at such a young age, could lead to his average continuing to be high as he's able to make solid contact.


Chris White - Age: 20

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A-

Oneonta

174

.253

.296

.319

.368

.115

.098

.172

.917


White was all-around a solid player in 2008, with only his average likely down. His power wasn't outstanding, but wasn't poor, and he had a good eye at the plate. One important thing to note is that White was outstanding on the base paths, and likely should be looking for the green light more in the future to take advantage.


Robinson Figueroa - Age: 18

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

DSL Tigers

174

.149

.211

.222

.247

.098

.098

.333

.7


While it's certainly reasonable to point out that Figueroa had some bad luck when it came to an average on putting the ball in play, it's tough to make much of an argument given his incredibly low batting average. Figueroa's strikeout rate was also way too high, but he did have a solid walk rate, showing a bright spot in his 2008 body of work.


Luis Salas - Age: 19

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

GCL Tigers

165

.255

.388

.332

.406

.152

.121

.382

.714


The GCL Tiger might have been one of the luckier players in the organization in 2008, given his incredibly high average on balls in play, as well as his incredibly high strikeout rate. The strikeouts are at least somewhat balanced by a good walk rate, and his power was solid, but it's likely that his numbers might take a turn if his luck runs out.


Victor Dionicio - Age: 18

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

DSL Tigers

159

.208

.340

.306

.264

.057

.145

.390

.500


Dionicio was just barely able to keep his average above the Mendoza Line, and did that with some luck on balls in play. On the flip side, Dionicio was very patient at the plate. Along with making better contact (and hopefully in turn getting a better average), his power needs to see a rise as well.


Chao-Ting Tang - Age: 20

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

GCL Tigers

126

.222

.281

.270

.333

.111

.071

.230

.750


Tang's first season with the organization was good and bad, showing some potential but still adjusting to the American game and life. Tang did hit for some power, but his walk rate wasn't great, and his average was down. Given the Tigers new out-reach to the Pacific Rim though, Tang will likely get more time to develop.


Alexis Espinoza - Age: 19

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

GCL Tigers

124

.266

.341

.273

.387

.121

.016

.266

.875


The highly-touted prospect showed he can swing for power, and that he can run, but continued to lack any patience whatsoever at the plate, which will likely limit him as he tries to advance up the organizational ladder. That being said, Espinosa's tools are good enough, and he's still young enough, that he'll get plenty of time to develop.


Londell Taylor - Age: 19

Level

Team

AB

AVG

AVGBIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

GCL Tigers

112

.205

.269

.282

.330

.125

.107

.286

1.000


Taylor is an incredible athlete, but didn't quite turn his athletic ability into baseball production in 2008. His average was barely over .200, but he did show decent power and a decent eye, plus was perfect on the base paths. If he can cut down on the strikeouts and make better contact consistently, Taylor could still yet turn the corner.



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