TigsStats: 2009 Erie SeaWolves Pitchers

The TigsStats series now resumes in 2010 with a look back at the organization's minor league clubs and their performances. Finishing up in Erie, we take a look at how the pitchers performed in hitter-friendly Jerry Uht Park.

Jonah Nickerson - Age: 24

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

165.1

5.33

5.09

.334

4.1

2.4

1.3

.414

.157

.378


Nickerson had a rough go of it in 2009, and the peripheral stats coincide with that story. His FIP was right around his ERA, his strikeout numbers were low, he gave up a lot of home runs and despite being in an unfriendly line drive park, he allowed quite a few line drives. Nickerson's BABIP might have been a little high, but the rest of Nickerson's numbers lead to a mediocre season. Nickerson will return to 2010, but he'll have to fight for his spot in Erie.


Jonathan Kibler - Age: 22

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

161.2

4.06

4.71

.306

4.8

3.8

0.8

.475

.140

.342


Jon Kibler's season was solid, but might have had a bit of luck involved with an ERA more than a half run lower than his FIP. His BABIP was normal, but his walk rate was very high, almost as high as his strikeout rate, and while he induced a lot of ground balls and limited his home runs, he still gave up a lot of fly balls for a homer-friendly park. Kibler will be around in 2010, but his prospect status faded after his '09 struggles.


Luis Marte - Age: 22

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

105.1

4.02

4.82

.283

7.2

2.4

1.5

.416

.126

.428


Like Kibler, Marte's ERA was likely higher than how effective he actually was, in part thanks to an unusually low BABIP, which was well below .300. Marte turned in very good strikeout numbers, and his K:BB ratio was strong as well, but Marte's high number of fly balls also led to a ton of home runs, which helped drive up his runs allowed. Marte wasn't perfect, and still could project better as a reliever, but his K:BB ratio leads him to be a pitcher with very good potential in the organization.


Ramon Garcia - Age: 24

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

92.1

6.14

4.97

.339

4.3

2.1

1.2

.364

.148

.473


The 24-year old Garcia had a very rough season, but it might not have been quite as bad as it looked on the surface, as Garcia's FIP was more than a full run lower than his ERA. Garcia had respectable strikeout and walk numbers, but as was the trend, was subject to a lot of fly balls, and in turn gave up more than a home run every nine innings.


Pat Stanley - Age: 26

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

84.2

4.57

5.43

.255

5.6

3.4

1.5

.333

.168

.443


While Stanley's numbers looked solid, it appears Stanley might have been a tad lucky, as he posted an FIP about a full run higher than his ERA. At least part of that was likely due to his incredibly low BABIP, at just .255 he likely lucked into having quite a few less baserunners. Stanley's strike out numbers were good, but he gave up a lot of home runs and fly balls. Stanley could be brought back to the organization, but as of now is a free agent.


Thad Weber - Age: 24

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

75.1

4.06

4.17

.301

5.3

2.2

0.8

.429

.139

.401


The solid Weber, whose season was highlighted by a no-hitter for the ‘Wolves, was about as consistent as one could be, without any luck leading to production. Weber's FIP matched his ERA, his BABIP was right around .300, and his strikeout and walk rates were both solid. Weber didn't give up too many home runs especially given the park, and induced a lot of ground balls. Weber doesn't have an over-powering arsenal, but his '09 season was no fluke, and he has a shot at producing for the organization in either Erie or Toledo in 2010.


Brett Jensen - Age: 25

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

53.2

3.19

3.88

.292

9.9

3

1.3

.347

.174

.472


Jensen excelled in retiring batters on his own, while posting a solid ERA, even with an FIP higher than that ERA. Jensen's strikeout numbers are very impressive, and even though his walk rate was higher, it wasn't unreasonable given his strikeout numbers. Jensen's trade off is the high fly ball rate, but still has the potential to be effective reliever in the organization, and will likely get his shot to make his presence known in Toledo.


Zach Simons - Age: 24

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

51

2.82

2.91

.276

8.8

3.7

0.2

.259

.126

.570


While Simons wasn't quite as impressive in Toledo, he simply was excellent in his time in Erie, retiring plenty of batters via the strikeout, and keeping a low ERA and FIP. The concerns however were persistent, as Simons' walk rate remained very high (even compared to his strikeout numbers), and given his incredibly high flyball rate, his home run likely should have been substantially higher than it was. Simons still has big league relief potential, but will have to prove himself in Toledo.


Cody Satterwhite - Age: 22

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

49.1

3.47

4.28

.318

9.5

4.9

0.9

.468

.165

.353


The fireballer Satterwhite showed off his arm for the SeaWolves in the back end of the bullpen, but despite his high velocity, some concerns remained. The primary one of course was his high number of walks, averaging nearly five walks per nine innings, so even with more than a strikeout per inning, his K:BB ratio remained less than two. Satterwhite's groundball rate was encouraging as well, but he'll have to get his command under control if he hopes to become an impact late inning big league reliever.


Josh Rainwater - Age: 24

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

41.2

2.59

3.26

.271

6.9

3

0.2

.472

.150

.331


The jack-of-all-trades in Rainwater quietly had a great year, with an excellent ERA matched by a great FIP. His BABIP however indicates he likely got a bit of luck along the way, but not too much as he still had a K:BB ratio well above two and being a groundball pitcher, limited his home runs. Josh Rainwater just recently resigned with the Tigers and will look to make an impact again in either Erie or Toledo.


Brendan Wise - Age: 23

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

41

4.39

3.95

.361

3.3

2.6

0.4

.709

.085

.206


Brendan Wise was excellent at one thing – getting ground balls. More than seven of the ten balls off him that were put in play were on the ground, which only will lead toward future success. It's a bit contradictory of course that his BABIP was so high at .361, likely indicating some bad luck came his way. If Wise can keep up his production, the organization will find a spot for him to pitch.


Josh Kite - Age: 27

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

35.2

4.04

5.00

.318

7.1

4.5

1.3

.612

.164

.198


Kite, the minor league veteran, was a solid presence in Erie for the club in 2009. His ERA just over four though was likely a mirage with his FIP sitting at 5.00 even, and his high walk rate likely should have contributed to more runs being allowed. Kite got ground balls, but still gave up long balls as well.


Robbie Weinhardt - Age: 23

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

31.1

2.30

2.84

.312

9.2

4.6

0

.494

.129

.318


Weinhardt's ability on the mound has been discussed at great lengths since he started his pro career with the Tigers. Weinhardt's ERA and FIP were both excellent registering under three, and while his walk numbers were high, his walks haven't caught up to him yet, especially given the fact that he didn't give up a single home run for the club while getting half his balls in play on the ground. Weinhardt doesn't have the same repertoire as some others, but his production has made him into a legit prospect that should be competing for a spot in Toledo in 2010.



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