TigsStats: 2009 Flying Tigers Pitchers

The TigsStats series now resumes in 2010 with a look back at the organization's minor league clubs and their performances. We finish up in Lakeland with their pitchers and how they looked.

Lauren Gagnier - Age: 24

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

134

3.83

4.11

.300

8.3

2.7

1.0

.328

.125

.473


Gagnier was about as solid as they come when it comes to the numbers in 2009, showing he was right around the mean when it came to BABIP, and his FIP closely resembled his ERA, so he likely didn't get too much unwarranted help in his numbers from his defense. Both his strikeout and walk ratios were strong, with the only possible downside being that his fly ball rate remained high, something that could hurt him in a move to the smaller, hitter-friendly Jerry Uht Park.


Andrew Hess - Age: 24

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

123.1

3.28

4.16

.320

4.1

2.0

0.5

.427

.144

.386


Hess's control style yielded solid results in 2009, but he might have been a tad lucky when the end results came out. His FIP was a full point higher than his ERA, and with such a low strikeout ratio, his lower walk ratio isn't as impressive. Hess keeps the ball on the ground which helps limit his home runs, but he likely could be someone in line for a regression to the mean in 2010.


Charles Furbush - Age: 23

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

111.1

3.96

3.83

.307

7.5

2.6

0.8

.410

.119

.394


Furbush's stats paint much the same picture that was shown on the surface, with a strong ERA backed up by a similar FIP, a K:BB ratio of almost three, as well as an average BABIP. Furbush's ground ball and line drive numbers are good as well, leading it to be likely that Furbush should maintain his success in 2010.


Trevor Feeney - Age: 23

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

79

4.44

3.65

.402

5.6

2.3

0.5

.442

.146

.352


There are some players that each year are just hurt by bad luck, and Trevor Feeney appears to be one of those players. A mid-four ERA is counteracted by an FIP a full run lower, while his BABIP is over .400, way too high for a typical pitcher and likely indicating Feeney just ran into the bad luck bug. His season wasn't bad in 2009, but he could likely be in line for better in 2010.


Matt Hoffman - Age: 21

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

62.1

6.79

5.34

.324

4.6

3.0

1.3

.446

.120

.384


After his promotion to Lakeland, Matt Hoffman struggled big time. And while he may not have been quite as bad as it seemed, Hoffman still clearly was not just suffering from bad fortune. His FIP was still well above five, his K:BB ratio around 1.5 certainly doesn't blow anyone away, and he gave up plenty of long balls. Not a great go-round for Hoffman, but being younger he still has time to improve.


Brett Jacobson - Age: 24

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

55.1

3.74

4.18

.281

7.2

2.8

1.0

.492

.087

.344


Jacobson was very solid for the Flying Tigers in his time there, with solid strikeout numbers, a respectable walk ratio, and a very good line drive rate. Jacobson gave up a few too many long balls, but with a lower fly ball rate, that should come down. Jacobson was traded to Baltimore in exchange for Aubrey Huff.


Lester Oliveros - Age: 21

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

54

4.17

2.96

.325

9.7

2.7

0.8

.421

.140

.384


Much like Feeney above, Oliveros didn't get a lot of help and saw his ERA suffer because of it. But despite an ERA over four, his FIP was actually under three, and his nearly 10 strikeouts per nine innings was the best of anyone that qualified and finished the year in Lakeland. Oliveros peripheral rates show that he's not actually a stuff guy without the numbers to back it up, but more likely a pitcher that didn't get a lot of help from his defense and could be in line for a better 2010.


Chad Linder - Age: 24

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

50

5.40

4.57

.296

6.3

3.6

0.5

.607

.074

.288


A ground ball pitcher, Linder did an excellent job at that, keeping three out of every five hit balls on the ground, and severely limiting his home run totals as well. Linder however walked quite a few batters and saw his ERA and FIP suffer a bit because of it.


Ryan Ketchner - Age: 27

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

38.2

4.66

2.87

.355

7.7

1.4

0.5

.440

.142

.381


As bad as Feeney and Oliveros were hurt, it appears no one was hurt by outside factors more than Ketchner, who had an FIP a point and a half lower than his ERA. He appeared to have some bad luck in his BABIP, while his strikeout to walk ratio was simply outstanding. Chalk another one up a case of bad luck.


Scott Green - Age: 23

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

36

3.25

3.72

.375

8.8

3.5

0.8

.513

.134

.286


Green had a very high BABIP, but based on a bit of a higher line drive rate as well as a high walk ratio, that wasn't entirely shocking. Green had an excellent strikeout rate though and induced plenty of ground balls, both plusses for Green's first full season. Unfortunately Green's injury issues emerged again in the second half of the season and he went under the knife to fix a torn labrum.


Mauricio Robles - Age: 20

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

35

3.60

3.54

.340

10.3

3.6

0.8

.364

.073

.409


The young Robles was very good in both West Michigan and Lakeland before being shipped to the Seattle organization in the Jarrod Washburn deal. His ERA closely matched his FIP, while his BABIP might have contained a bit of bad luck. His walk rate was higher, but that was counteracted by his excellent strikeout ratio.


Mark Sorensen - Age: 23

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

34

6.88

5.70

.370

4.5

1.9

1.9

.497

.109

.367


Sorensen suffered a bit from a lack of help, but still didn't turn in a great year. What clearly hindered Sorensen was his home run rate of nearly two per game, something a bit uncommon for someone with a lower flyball ratio, the two combining to potentially indicate Sorensen having a tendency to miss badly with certain pitches that result in home runs. Sorensen will have to show improvement in 2010.



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