TigsStats: Starting Pitchers Part 3

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 wrap up the starters with those that spent '08 in the Dominican and Venezuela.

Ed. Notes: To qualify for the analysis players needed a minimum of more than 30 IP. Also, the player's listed age is his baseball playing age for the 2008 season (age as of June 1, 2008)

Luis Sanz - Age: 20

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

Rookie

GCL Tigers

51.2

3.66

1.16

7.14

8.36

3.31

0.88

5


Sanz was an omission from part two. He put together a solid season for the GCL club, putting together good numbers across the board. His strikeout rate was excellent, and while he did walk quite a few, his K:BB ratio was still strong. His home runs allowed were a bit high, but nothing overly alarming as Sanz continues to develop.


Jose Diaz - Age: 19

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

Rookie

VSL Tigers

82.2

2.29

0.86

5.55

5.12

2.18

1.06

1


Diaz was a horse for the VSL team in 2008, and his outstanding ERA is likely what led to the decision to bring him stateside in 2009. Diaz doesn't blow hitters away, but possesses excellent control, with just two walks over nine innings and only one wild pitch. Diaz gave up too many long balls, and if he can limit that in '09, Diaz should continue to work his way up the ladder.


Eduardo Gonzalez - Age: 19

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

Rookie

VSL Tigers

59.0

4.73

1.56

9.46

4.12

4.58

0.58

5


Gonzalez had a respectable season, but allowed too many baserunners, which resulted in the high ERA he sported. Gonzalez walked more than he struck out, a huge issue that he will have to improve on. Of course, he'll have plenty of time to work on things without facing a hitter, as he was suspended for 50 games last September for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.


Josue Carreno - Age: 16

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

Rookie

VSL Tigers

54.1

2.82

0.92

5.80

6.46

2.48

0.51

5


Carreno, just 16 years of age when the 2008 season got underway, had an outstanding season for the VSL Tigers. Carreno sported an ERA under three and a WHIP under one, highlighting just how successful he was. His strikeout numbers weren't great, but they certainly weren't bad, and his solid control makes it a non-issue.


Bruce Rondon - Age: 17

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

Rookie

VSL Tigers

55.1

3.58

1.23

7.81

5.53

3.25

0.00

9


Rondon put together a successful campaign in 2008, despite the occasional battle with his control. Rondon's ERA was still solid, but with a K:BB ratio of less than two, he's going to need to work on keeping the ball around the strike zone. Rondon will also be coming stateside for the 2009 year.


Gino Aguirre - Age: 17

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

Rookie

VSL Tigers

36.1

4.71

1.51

10.40

6.94

3.22

0.86

5


Aguirre just barely put together enough innings to qualify, but his sample size is still fairly limited. His ERA wasn't great, but that appears likely due to a high number of hits allowed, so perhaps with a bit more luck in '09, he'll see the ERA fall. His strikeouts made up for his higher walk total, but his control can still be improved a bit.


Ramon Lebron - Age: 19

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

Rookie

DSL Tigers

48.0

4.31

1.40

7.50

9.56

5.06

0.90

7


Another pitcher that is ready to come to the states, Lebron's numbers are highlighted by his impressive strikeout rate. Sitting down more than a batter per inning, Lebron obviously has the stuff to be a deadly pitcher. The concern of course will be harnessing his control, with more than five walks per nine innings, he had a higher ERA simply because there were too many baserunners. If he can lower his walk rate, Lebron could be one to watch.


Carlos Melo - Age: 17

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

Rookie

DSL Tigers

49.0

5.14

1.37

8.63

11.20

3.67

0.38

6


Melo has a high potential arm, striking out more than 11 batters every nine innings. His ERA was high, but given his peripherals, Melo clearly has the talent to be much more effective than he was. The Tigers however won't get to see how Melo progresses, as he was traded this offseason in the deal to acquire Gerald Laird, and is now a Texas Ranger.


Emmanuel Del Orbe - Age: 17

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

Rookie

DSL Tigers

40.0

7.65

1.95

10.13

8.33

7.43

0.60

9


Emmanuel had a rough go of it for the DSL Tigers in 2008, with a ballooned ERA. Emmanuel had an impressive strikeout number, but battled his control, walking almost as many as he struck out, while at the same time, still allowing plenty of hits. The results are obvious. Del Orbe will need to improve across the board.


Yinio Calderon - Age: 17

Level

Team

IP

ERA

WHIP

H/9

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WP

Rookie

DSL Tigers

31.2

4.55

1.74

5.97

8.53

9.66

0.43

5


Calderon barely cleared the bar for the innings requirement, so his sample size was small, but some traits are clearly evident, namely his control problems. Calderon walked more than a batter per inning, which was more than he struck out. He was very good at limiting the hits he allowed, but his walk rate was so high, that it's hard to get hits when hitters are regularly able to get on base by walking. Calderon has plenty to work on.



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