TigsStats: 2009 Whitecaps Hitters

The TigsStats series now resumes in 2010 with a look back at the organization's minor league clubs and their performances. We move on down to the next level and take a look at how the West Michigan hitters performed in their pitcher-friendly ballpark.

Brent Wyatt - Age: 24

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

475

.242

.276

.360

.335

.093

57

.141

.149

.719


With the possible exception of limited power, Brent Wyatt really had an excellent year for the ‘Caps. His low average can likely be chalked up to some unlucky bounces on balls in play, and his walk rate virtually mirrors his strikeout rate, a very good sign. He was solid on the base paths as well. Basically, Wyatt has all the indicators of putting up a solid stat line in 2010, probably minus a ton of power.


Gustavo Nunez - Age: 21

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

464

.315

.351

.360

.425

.110

71

.054

.134

.643


The much hyped Nunez certainly had a strong 2009 season, but the stats show that there's still reason to keep the excitement tempered. His BABIP over .350 could very well indicate his average was inflated with some luck, while his walk rate remains very low. His stolen base rate also wasn't ideal for someone that tried to swipe as often as he did. His power numbers were promising for a guy of his stature given the park, but it appears there is still progress to be made with the bat.


Jordan Lennerton - Age: 23

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

433

.282

.365

.370

.434

.152

70

.148

.293

.333


Lennerton had an all around solid season in 2009, without doing anything particular spectacularly, but doing well all around. His average likely got some help from that BABIP of his, but that won't change his excellent walk rate, and his ISO is again strong despite the park. His strikeouts remain high, but of course that's not unusual for a big first baseman.


Billy Nowlin - Age: 22

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

418

.311

.341

.390

.483

.172

79

.089

.160

1.00


Nowlin has quite frequently been referred to as a hitting machine, and the numbers coincide with that belief. His average might have been helped a bit by his BABIP, but any help he got there was likely accounted for in the park factors that limited his power and still left him with a very good ISO. His walk rate is respectable though not great, and he also doesn't have a high strikeout rate to counteract it. Nowlin just plain creates runs through hitting, and that trend has no reason not to continue.


Ben Guez - Age: 22

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

404

.275

.330

.320

.483

.208

62

.045

.235

.733


Despite not receiving a ton of publicity for his production, Guez actually had quite a good year, especially his power line with an ISO over .2. On the flip side, He struck out more than five times as much as he walked, and his average might be a tad boosted as well, likely leaving him dropped in that category as well. There's plenty to be excited about from Guez's power, but there's also reason to keep expectations tempered for now.


Bryan Pounds - Age: 23

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

341

.284

.366

.399

.402

.118

55

.167

.255

.500


As is the trend with many of the ‘Caps hitters, Pounds likely saw his average inflated a bit by his BABIP, but probably saw his power hurt a tad by the park as well. What obviously stands out about Bryan though is his excellent walk rate, and while his strikeout rate is high, posting an OBP near .400 and more than 100 points higher than his average is always a great sign. The key for Pounds will be to continue to prove he can keep hitting for average with some power when he loses the help of extra room to hit in the field.


Brandon Douglas - Age: 23

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

329

.322

.351

.384

.374

.052

47

.088

.100

.900


Brandon Douglas came onto the scene in a big way in 2008, but despite being a little advanced for the level based on his age, 2009 likely wasn't the breakout year some hoped for from Douglas. Douglas hit for a high average, but took few walks and hit for virtually no power, a relative surprise given the solid gap power that Douglas displayed in the past. Given his age, more was likely expected out of Douglas, and while the injuries played a factor, his production drop is concerning.


Avisail Garcia - Age: 18

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

299

.264

.336

.289

.324

.060

28

.027

.234

.533


The 18-year old Garcia got challenged big time in '09 by being pushed to West Michigan, and did an admirable job of holding his own for the club. It's important to keep in mind though that Garcia was only 18 and basically jumped stateside rookie ball as well as short season A ball to get to West Michigan, so all numbers should be taken in that context. Garcia over time will have to prove he can hit with more authority (which the potential is there) as well as show more patience at the plate, but all of these things will be a work in progress over time.


Ronald Bourquin - Age: 24

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

297

.283

.358

.380

.404

.121

46

.162

.259

.727


Bourquin looked like he was putting together a resurrected season and career, that is until November rolled around and he was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for an amphetamine. Bourquin showed a lot of the qualities that made him a former high round draft pick, with an excellent eye at the plate and respectable power.


Joseph Bowen - Age: 21

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

271

.247

.335

.314

.321

.074

27

.092

.266

.500


Bowen remains another in a long line of catchers that just haven't been able to produce a ton at the plate. His average was mediocre, his walk rate was solid but not great, and he didn't hit for a ton of power while still striking out a lot. All in all, given his position it was a respectable showing, but there's not a ton to get excited about in the numbers.


Luis Salas - Age: 20

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

254

.240

.365

.280

.362

.122

26

.043

.378

.667


Salas was another player that was challenged at a younger age at West Michigan, and struggled with the jump up in competition. Like Garcia, he was young for the league, but only has a strong ISO to point to for strengths, with few walks and a ton of strikeouts. But again, all must be caveated with a note about his age and being young compared to the competition.


Angel Flores - Age: 22

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

182

.203

.234

.268

.242

.039

12

.071

.148

.333


Flores didn't have much go right for him in 2009. While some bad luck can be faulted for his painfully low batting average, that doesn't explain away the rest of his struggles. He walked a fair amount, and didn't strike out too much, but did very little else of value offensively.


Michael Gosse - Age: 23

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

167

.263

.287

.306

.347

.084

18

.048

.108

.000


Gosse bounced around a bit in '09, but got most of his at-bats in at West Michigan, where he held his own but didn't do a ton at the plate. Gosse's average was just a tad below the norm (which is a bit more below the norm for West Michigan), with a tad bit of power and few walks.


Alden Carrithers - Age: 24

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

150

.307

.351

.395

.367

.060

22

.160

.147

.643


Another older player for the level, Carrithers did some good work as far as batting average and putting the ball in play, but didn't do much from a power standpoint. Carrithers however did do an excellent job of getting on base, and so long as he can keep doing that well, he'll have a chance to compete as he continues to get on base and help create runs.



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