TigsStats: 2009 Toledo Mud Hens Hitters

The TigsStats series now resumes in 2010 with a look back at the organization's minor league clubs and their performances. First up on the docket, the Toledo Mud Hens hitters.

Brent Clevlen - Age: 25

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

479

.265

.342

.328

.441

.176

69

.088

.290

.909


The veteran minor leaguer has fallen into a solid set of production statistics. His average is solid but not great, he takes a fair amount of walks, he strikes out a bit too much but still hits for very good power, and this past season he was very effective on the basepaths in his limited attempts. After stagnating in Triple-A for the Tigers organization, Clevlen elected to move on and signed with the Atlanta Braves this off-season.


Brent Dlugach - Age: 26

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

466

.294

.394

.349

.446

.152

73

.084

.294

.625


Dlugach's resurgence was one of a case of the Tigers' patience with a player paying off, as despite being at a relatively advanced age for just making it to Triple-A, Dlugach proved the Tigers' faith correct with a strong year. Beyond creating 73 runs, Dlugach took a solid number of walks and hit for a good amount of power, especially for a shortstop. Dlugach's average may be inflated by a high BABIP, but the rest of his production is legit, and should make him a potential big league contributor.


Mike Hessman - Age: 31

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

466

.217

.283

.324

.442

.225

67

.139

.367

.750


After years of making a case for the big leagues by dominating Triple-A pitching, Hessman had a huge regression, seeing his average drop big time (with a BABIP drop that suggests his average was unnecessarily low). Hessman however can still mash the ball (see his .225 ISO) and takes plenty of walks, so he carries value. The Mets signed him to a lucrative minor league deal this off-season.


Wilkin Ramirez - Age: 23

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

434

.258

.344

.326

.445

.187

63

.094

.329

.767


Ramirez has always been a bit slow to adapt to a new level, and Toledo was no different for the young outfielder, but there are plenty of reasons to remain optimistic about his future potential. Ramirez didn't hit for a great average, but was still respectable, while walking at a respectable rate and hitting for solid power. The numbers indicate that while Ramirez likely still has some room to improve, the tools that he possesses are legit. Ramirez's swipe rate is also strong, especially for the high number of attempts he makes.


Will Rhymes - Age: 26

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

404

.260

.296

.324

.354

.094

46

.089

.144

.714


Rhymes for the first time entered the season as a part-time player, sharing time at second base with Danny Worth before Worth was moved down to Double-A Erie and Rhymes took the majority of the time. Rhymes average dropped with an uncharacteristically low BABIP, while he walks a decent amount and doesn't strike out much. Rhymes received praise from manager Jim Leyland in the spring for his gritty style of play and work ethic, but he'll need to show that he has the talent to compete to go along with it if he hopes to make it past Toledo.


Jeff Frazier - Age: 26

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

399

.308

.322

.336

.456

.148

61

.050

.123

.333


After being traded away a couple years ago, Frazier seems to have resurrected his career with his return to the organization and may have a shot at the big leagues yet. Frazier hit for a very good average (despite not having much help from his BABIP) and hit for a respectable amount of power. He doesn't strike out much, but also doesn't work many walks, making it increasingly important that he keeps his average high as that will ultimately be his OBP driver.


Don Kelly - Age: 29

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

372

.331

.371

.404

.465

.134

70

.116

.137

.871


The jack-of-all-trades Kelly turned a red-hot spring stretch into a big league call-up, and he likely will be a candidate yet again for big league consideration. Kelly's success was driven largely by his strong batting average, which was likely inflated a bit by a higher BABIP. Kelly walks a lot and doesn't strike out, making him a serviceable, versatile player, that could grab the utility spot on the Tigers' roster come April.


Ryan Roberson - Age: 25

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

295

.227

.299

.294

.363

.136

31

.081

.302

.250


Roberson went through a very difficult season in 2009 as he wasn't able to get regular playing time, saw his average drop, and even his power numbers fall off as he was moved around in his hit or miss playing time. While Roberson could provide good insurance, a low average, low walk rate, and not a lot of power will make it difficult for him to fill that role.


Scott Sizemore - Age: 24

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

292

.308

.349

.378

.473

.165

52

.099

.168

.933


Sizemore's statistics have been evaluated immensely, and as the tools and raw numbers show, Sizemore was just a hitting machine. He hits for a very good average that isn't overly inflated with a high BABIP, walks at a solid rate, and doesn't strike out too much. His stolen base rate was even very good despite not being a burner on the basepaths. Suffice it to say, there is plenty of support to explain the Tigers hope that they can hand the keystone job to Scott in 2010.


Jeff Larish - Age: 26

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

211

.265

.336

.397

.412

.147

35

.199

.265

.500


Larish was also the victim of being moved around as he spent some time up in Detroit (most of it on the bench) and then was caught in a numbers crunch in Toledo. Larish remains the same prospect though – a middle of the road batting average, outstanding walk rate, solid power, with a lot of strikeouts. Larish is likely ready to face consistent big league opposition, it's just now a matter of finding the time for him, or keeping him in reserve in Toledo.


Dusty Ryan - Age: 24

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

202

.257

.328

.359

.455

.198

33

.144

.317

1.000


Dusty saw his prospect star fade a bit in 2009 after a resurgent 2008. Ryan's batting average returned to normal, while his walk rate remained solid, and he coninuted to display good pop. Ryan however still struck out a lot. With the emergence of Alex Avila and the signing of Robinson Diaz though, Ryan fell victim to a numbers crunch and was traded to San Diego.


Maxim St. Pierre - Age: 29

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

149

.248

.242

.300

.423

.175

19

.067

.101

0.000


St. Pierre worked in a reserve role for the Mud Hens, serving as the team's backup catcher. St. Pierre is still solid defensive and can hold his own at the plate, and even showed some surprising pop given his career history. Expect St. Pierre to receive a similar role in 2010 with the organization.



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