TigsStats: 2009 O-Tigers Pitchers

The TigsStats series now resumes in 2010 with a look back at the organization's minor league clubs and their performances. We wrap up the last of the non-rookie clubs with the Oneonta Tigers' pitchers.

Luis Sanz - Age: 21

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

82.2

3.27

3.84

.294

6.6

3.8

0.2

.454

.115

.359


Sanz had a very solid season for the O-Tigers as he led the team in innings pitched. His ERA might have been a tad low given his FIP, and his K:BB ratio being under two is a concern as well, specifically because his walk rate is rather high. His home run rate is low given his fly ball rate, but home runs are typically at a premium in Oneonta so the fly ball rate will be a concern moving forward as well.


Clemente Mendoza - Age: 18

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

73.1

3.19

3.68

.291

6.1

2.3

0.4

.455

.148

.348


Mendoza had a very good all-around season for the O-Tigers after being picked up by the organization prior to the start of the year. Despite being 18 at the season's start, Mendoza more than held his own against A-ball competition. His ERA was about a half point lower than his FIP, but his strikeout and walk rates were both solid, and given Mendoza's age, he'll be one to watch in 2010.


Mike LaLuna - Age: 23

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

52.2

4.96

4.10

.312

9.1

5.0

0.5

.348

.123

.477


LaLuna had what appeared to be a bit of a rough season in 2009, but in reality it looks like his season was better than one would think on the surface. Despite an ERA of almost five, his FIP was actually almost down to four. LaLuna's strikeout rate was excellent and that certainly was a plus, however, LaLuna still needs to work on lowering his walk rate into 2010, and his fly ball rate could lead him to be susceptible to high home run totals.


Cory Hamilton - Age: 21

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

44.2

3.02

3.78

.325

6.4

4.0

0.2

.474

.165

.293


While Hamilton's ERA sat just above three, his FIP indicates he likely had a bit of help in the runs allowed department. Hamilton had a solid strikeout rate but again didn't have K:BB ratio under two. His ground ball and fly ball rates were both solid however.


Kevan Hess - Age: 21

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

44.0

4.30

3.45

.342

7.2

3.9

0.0

.494

.154

.301


Hess had a respectable debut campaign for the organization, but likely suffered just as much from some bad fortune as he did from not pitching well. Hess's FIP was almost a full run lower than his ERA, and his BABIP likely indicates he gave up a few too many hits than he should have. Hess posted an especially impressive home run rate not allowing a home run against him all season. If Hess can reduce his walk rate a bit he could be in for a big rebound year in 2010.


Nate Newman - Age: 22

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

42.1

2.34

3.55

.276

7.2

4.3

0.0

.606

.139

.175


While Newman had an outstanding first season with Oneonta, there might have been a bit of good fortune on his side, with an FIP more than a run higher than his ERA. Newman's BABIP was also likely a bit low which could have played into his good fortune as well. Newman was however clearly a very effective groundball pitcher, keeping more than 60% of the balls in play on the ground while not allowing a home run all season.


Michael Torrealba - Age: 19

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

35.2

2.78

3.18

.300

11.1

4.5

0.3

.377

.234

.364


Michael Torrealba was a tad young for the league, but still excelled in the NYPL, including a very impressive strikeout rate, with more than 11 K's for every nine innings. His walk rate was higher as well, but his strong K rate helped counteract that, while he limited his home runs, his fly ball rate was a bit high and will be something to watch.


Wade Kapteyn - Age: 21

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

34.2

7.27

5.78

.339

4.2

5.5

0.8

.496

.161

.285


Kapteyn had a pretty rough go of it in 2009, but things weren't all that bad. His ERA over seven likely was inflated, especially with the help of a very high BABIP. Unfortunately, not all of Kapteyn's performance can be attributed to bad luck as he walked far more than he struck out, and with a higher line drive rate, it's likely he'll have more balls fall in for hits.


Jose Ortega - Age: 20

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

34.0

3.97

4.51

.286

8.5

6.1

0.5

.427

.097

.388


A solid ERA from Ortega looks a little less impressive next to his FIP, and the fact that his BABIP was well under .300 indicates there's good reason to believe his ERA was in fact a bit low. His strikeout rate was very good, but again as has been the case with a lot the O-Tigers on the mound, his walk rate was just too high.



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