TigsStats: Starting Pitchers 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. Continuing with the pitchers, we examine those starters on the short-season stateside clubs.

Victor Larez - Age: 21

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

Rookie

GCL Tigers

56.1

3.67

1.30

10.07

8.63

1.60

0.57

2


Larez had an excellent season for the GCL Tigers, posting a solid ERA, and even better peripheral numbers. His strikeout out rate was very good, as was his walk rate, displaying excellent control (including just two wild tosses). Larez gave up a few too many hits, but with any luck, that number will drop as he progresses.


Brandon Hamilton - Age: 19

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

Rookie

GCL Tigers

71.1

3.28

1.43

7.70

8.07

5.17

0.44

4


Hamilton started off with West Michigan, but ended up in rookie ball once again after faltering. His overall numbers look very good, with the exception of a high walk rate. Unfortunately, it doesn't reflect the fact that he dominated rookie-level hitters (a league he had already mastered) and struggled mightily in A-ball, where he should be ready to pitch at this point. He was virtually unhittable in the GCL, so he obviously has the stuff, now it's just a matter of him making it happen at higher levels.


Darlyn Duran - Age: 19

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

Rookie

GCL Tigers

33.2

6.95

1.49

7.75

5.88

5.61

0.93

3


The smallish lefty struggled quite a bit in his stateside debut in 2008, as evidenced by his ballooned ERA. Duran's stats show too obvious things – his high WHIP was driven completely by his walks (his hits allowed was excellent), and he surrendered too many long balls. Nonetheless, 2009 will be an important step for him in his progression, he must improve in those areas and in turn drop that ERA.


Richard Zumaya - Age: 18

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

Rookie

GCL Tigers

32.2

6.61

1.74

11.85

6.89

3.86

0.42

1


The younger brother of Joel, Richard hasn't quite seen the improvement that Zumaya had shortly after being drafted. Zumaya's ERA remained high, he allowed far too many hits, and his strikeout to walk ratio wasn't that great. Zumaya's mission is simple – allow fewer hits, and in turn get that ERA down.


Jade Todd - Age: 18

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

Rookie

GCL Tigers

42.1

2.34

1.25

7.44

10.21

3.83

0.51

5


You couldn't have asked much more from the 18-year old Todd, who carried himself very well for the GCL Tigers. His ERA was outstanding, he limited the hits he allowed, he struck out plenty, and though a bit wild, he made up for that with his high K rate. Given a year of growth and maturity, Todd will be one to watch in 2009.


Mark Brackman - Age: 23

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

A-

Oneonta

77.1

6.87

1.72

12.22

7.56

3.26

0.69

5


Brackman, like others, certainly felt 2008 would be a year to forget. His ERA approached seven, he allowed way too many hits, and only a respectable K:BB ratio keeps him in the picture. Brackman gets the same advice as the younger Zumaya – lower the hits allowed, and hope the ERA follows suit.


Darwin De Leon - Age: 19

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

A-

Oneonta

55.2

4.20

1.40

7.76

6.79

4.85

0.38

4


Another pitcher on the smallish side, de Leon had a solid 2008 season, but certainly left room for improvement. De Leon's ERA obviously makes him a candidate to be well viewed in the organization, however, de Leon's control battles will have to improve. De Leon is very tough to hit, but that could at least be caused in part due to his wildness around the plate, making him tougher to hit, but easier to draw a walk off of. Message is clear – keep pitching well, while gaining control.


Matt Hoffman - Age: 19

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

A-

Oneonta

71.2

3.39

1.48

8.54

8.04

4.77

0.26

8


Hoffman could be given much the same advice as de Leon, with a very solid ERA carrying the way for him, but struggles with his control still obvious. Hoffman limited hits allowed off him, and rarely gave up a long ball, both excellent characteristics. But with a WHIP driven by a high walk rate, he will need to get that under control to limit the baserunners he lets on base.


Aaron Fuhrman - Age: 20

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

A-

Oneonta

47.1

4.18

1.46

10.27

10.08

2.85

0.50

5


Fuhrman in some ways might be disappointed with the way he pitched in 2008, only by checking out his peripherals, a little bit more luck when it comes to hits allowed will end up meaning improvement alone. He struck out more than a batter per inning, kept his walks manageable, and limited the home runs he gave up. Fuhrman's successful cameo for West Michigan lends credence to the expectation that more good things are to come from him.


Dan DeLucia - Age: 23

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

A-

Oneonta

37

1.95

1.19

7.54

7.78

3.16

0.29

3


DeLucia was a bit old for his league, but that shouldn't overshadow his success pitching in 2008. While he worked both in the ‘pen and as a starter, he clearly has some bright spots ahead, highlighted by his sparkling ERA. He also limited the hits he allowed in a big way. Now it will be time to see what the left-hander does next at a level more closely conducive to his age.



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