TigsStats: 2009 Flying Tigers Hitters

The TigsStats series now resumes in 2010 with a look back at the organization's minor league clubs and their performances. We now jump down to the Lakeland Flying Tigers and how their hitters performed.

Audy Ciriaco - Age: 22

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

443

.262

.303

.296

.397

.135

52

.045

.201

.789


Looking at the numbers for the whole don't show the upward trend that Ciriaco put up in 2009 for Lakeland, which is why it's important to note that his second half was notably better than his first. Ciriaco overall however hit for some power and showed signs of improved contact and lower strikeouts, but his walk rate is still very low. Ciriaco shows very good speed on the basepaths, and there was progress made over the season, but these numbers show why Ciriaco hasn't completely turned the corner yet.


Justin Henry - Age: 24

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

424

.257

.283

.331

.309

.052

43

.106

.094

.759


Henry's season appeared to be a disappointment on the surface, but there's at least a bit of reason to believe he was hit by some bad luck. Henry's strikeout and walk rates were still good, walking more than once every ten at bats while striking out less than that. He also posted a BABIP well under .300, likely indicating his average was hurt by a little bad luck. That doesn't change the minimal power he hit for, but in all likelihood, Henry should be in line for a bit of a rebound in 2010.


Christopher White - Age: 21

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

319

.235

.289

.303

.335

.100

32

.088

.216

.700


Chris White also had a disappointing season, but also has a bit of hope left. While his strikeout and walk ratios weren't quite as strong as Henry's, his walk rate was still solid. He also had the bad fortune of a low BABIP, and did actually hit for some power along with a solid stolen base rate. White is another player that while he encountered a disappointing year, likely it wasn't really as bad as thought.


Jeramy Laster - Age: 24

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

295

.231

.315

.278

.410

.179

34

.064

.369

.500


Laster has seemingly been around forever in the Tigers organization, and appears to have solidly established himself as an "he is what he is." Laster doesn't hit for a great average, doesn't take a lot of walks, strikes out plenty, and hits for power. Laster did battle some injury issues in 2009, but that didn't alter his peripheral stats as a high strikeout, solid power hitter.


Michael Bertram - Age: 25

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

292

.281

.313

.327

.469

.188

45

.068

.185

1.00


Bertram was one of the offensive bright spots for the Flying Tigers, with an OPS around .800 and solid rate stats to go with it. Bertram hit for a solid average without a lucky BABIP to go with it, hit for plenty of power, and created quite a few runs despite the lower number of AB's. Bertram still doesn't walk enough for how much he strikes out, but overall proved himself to be a very capable hitter for LFT in '09.


Devin Thomas - Age: 24

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

272

.265

.372

.332

.401

.136

36

.092

.316

.667


Devin Thomas was moved out from behind the plate with the hope of allowing him to focus on putting the pop in his bat to good use. That happened with some success in '09, but it's important to still take his performance in context. His BABIP was well above average, likely indicating his .265 average was inflated, and his isolated power while decent, wasn't anywhere near where you'd hope a typical power hitting first baseman or corner outfielder would be. He also struck out a ton, but he did walk a fair amount. All in all, it was a step forward for Devin, but more progress will be needed.


Jordan Newton - Age: 23

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

266

.263

.343

.311

.447

.184

37

.060

.301

.692


Newton was the other bright spot in the Flying Tigers lineup, but it's easy to see why it may be difficult to hope to see that success continued. Newton hit for a ton of power, but struck out a ton as well and walked very little. In addition, his BABIP likely helped boost his average a bit as well. Being a catcher Newton of course has less lofty offensive aspirations, so he's still a very capable offensive player, but the rates indicate Newton is likely due for a regression to the mean.


Christopher Carlson - Age: 25

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

241

.237

.265

.326

.444

.207

35

.120

.266

0.00


Chris Carlson suffered some bad fortune in 2009 as he battled injuries, first suffering a quad injury and then breaking his wrist and missing the final month of the season. But when he was playing he was very capable, with a very good walk rate and very good isolated power numbers. To top it off, while his average was low, his BABIP indicates he also was hurt by the luck bug when the ball was put in play. Carlson still isn't a top prospect, but showed well when he could get on the field in 2009.


Joseph Tucker - Age: 25

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

218

.252

.316

.348

.303

.051

23

.096

.202

.500





Kody Kaiser - Age: 24

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

165

.267

.364

.363

.461

.194

28

.139

.333

.818





Joshua Workman - Age: 23

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

158

.297

.383

.378

.38

.083

23

.127

.241

.500





Adrian Casanova - Age: 26

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

152

.158

.215

.246

.224

.066

8

.086

.296

0.00



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