TigsStats: 2009 Erie SeaWolves Hitters

The TigsStats series now resumes in 2010 with a look back at the organization's minor league clubs and their performances. We start down at the next level, examining the Erie SeaWolves' hitters.

Brennan Boesch - Age: 24

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

527

.275

.309

.318

.510

.235

86

.063

.241

.846


Brennan Boesch finally was able to turn on the production in 2009, with his power coming through in a big way. His slugging was obviously impressive, and his isolated power shows it was legit. Boesch still doesn't walk much and strikes out a lot, so that will likely always keep him from being an elite level player, but his power ensures that he has the potential to be a run producer.


Cale Iorg - Age: 23

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

491

.222

.293

.274

.336

.114

45

.065

.303

.650


Cale Iorg obviously had a disappointing '09, and the peripheral stats don't show much to be encouraged about. His low batting average can't be blamed on being very unlucky, his walk rate was still not good, he hit for a bit of power, but not a ton, he struck out a lot and didn't even swipe bases at a great clip. Long story short; it was a year to forget for Iorg, and whether he repeats Erie or not, he'll need to put together a better 2010 if he hopes to regain his lofty prospect status.


Deik Scram - Age: 25

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

441

.252

.297

.342

.476

.224

72

.143

.274

.818


Despite a relatively quiet 2009 season, Scram actually had quite a good year. Scram walked at a very good rate, posted a similar ISO to someone like Brennan Boesch, swiped bases at a very good rate, with his only blemishes being a low batting average and high strikeout rate. Scram's prospect star has faded some, but he certainly has shown that he still has the ability there and the numbers show where he excels.


Andy Dirks - Age: 23

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

361

.255

.287

.323

.349

.094

41

.100

.169

.688


While Scram had great peripherals despite a relatively quiet year, Andy Dirks can't claim the same, as his walk rate was good, but not great, and his power numbers were quite low, especially given his home park. Dirks likely will look to repeat in Erie and improve on those peripheral stats across the board.


Alex Avila - Age: 22

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

329

.264

.310

.365

.450

.186

54

.158

.234

.667


Tigers' fans got a closer look at Alex Avila this summer, and the stats show why the Tigers were confident enough in him to bring him straight from Erie to the bigs. Avila showed excellent patience at the plate and while his strikeout rate was higher, his great walk rate balanced that out, and he delivered with plenty of power as well. Given that rate, it's reasonable to see that batting average improve with the rest of his hitting tools helping make him a very good, complete hitter.


Casper Wells - Age: 24

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

311

.260

.340

.369

.489

.229

56

.138

.331

.500


In his second year in Erie, Casper didn't get the number of at-bats expected due to a wrist injury, but still excelled at the plate, with a good walk rate and excellent power numbers. Casper's only primary problem was his strikeouts, striking out almost once every three at-bats. Wells' batting average also might have been a tad high due to luck, but the rest of his ability at the plate is here to stay.


Santo DeLeon - Age: 25

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

297

.266

.319

.296

.411

.145

36

.037

.226

.500


Santo DeLeon shows some decent power, but the lack of any patience at the plate likely will make it difficult for him to move up the ladder. DeLeon's batting average was respectable and he likely shows off a number of those traits across the board. DeLeon however will need to prove he can do more than what he did with the ‘Wolves in '09.


Ryan Strieby - Age: 23

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

294

.303

.355

.427

.565

.262

71

.194

.272

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The only thing that can be depressing about Strieby's 2009 season was that he only got to play for about half of it as the wrist injury kept popping back up time and again. Strieby hit for a great average, had an outstanding walk rate, and just plain crushed the ball (though he was certainly helped a bit by his home park). The only blemish beyond the at-bats was his high K rate, but his excellent walk rate helps mitigate that. If Strieby can stay healthy . . . watch out.


Daniel Worth - Age: 23

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

285

.239

.321

.308

.319

.080

28

.091

.260

.444


Danny Worth spent '09 splitting time between Toledo and Erie, and while his Erie numbers were certainly an improvement, it wasn't a huge one. His batting average was still not great despite a good BABIP, his walk rate was only average and he still struck out a lot and didn't steal bases at a good rate. Couple all that with minimal power, and it's clear to see why Worth's status has fallen. His outstanding defense can only make up for so much and he'll need to earn his playing time in a crowded middle infield at the upper levels of the organization.


Max Leon - Age: 25

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

234

.256

.294

.333

.427

.171

33

.103

.201

.750


Max Leon is yet another one of those under-the-radar prospects that actually put together a solid year in 2009, though he was used in largely a reserve role. Leon took some walks, hit for some power, didn't strike out too much, and was solid all around. Leon's primary problem becomes his age, as he's a bit older than the average Double-A prospect.


Shawn Roof - Age: 24

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

184

.261

.324

.322

.321

.060

19

.065

.212

.667


Roof, the SeaWolves' jack of all trades, was respectable in most categories, but never really god in any of them. He had a decent average, took a few walks, but hit for very little power and his strikeout rate while not awful overshadows a miniscule walk rate. Roof can be a great utility guy in the upper levels of the minor leagues, but his peripherals don't lead at the moment to much more than that.



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