TigsStats: 2009 GCL 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 move onto the rookie level clubs, starting with the lone stateside club, the GCL Tigers' hitters.

Luis Castillo - Age: 20

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

178

.219

.248

.275

.270

.051

13

.073

.140

.875


While Castillo got consistent at-bats for the entirety of the season, Castillo wasn't able to provide consistent production for the club. His low batting average likely was hurt by a very low BABIP, but even beyond that, he hit for very little power, and only had an average walk rate. Castillo's one strength to point to was his stolen base rate, but that can only provide so much incremental value on offense.


Jordan Cruz - Age: 23

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

166

.265

.309

.371

.500

.235

31

.145

.223

.778


Age-wise, Cruz was definitely advanced for the league. That being said, he was a monster for the team, helping lead the way in runs created. Cruz's average was solid but not overwhelming, but his raw power and outstanding patience at the plate are really what made Cruz a star for the GCL club. His ISO was great, as was his walk rate, and his stolen base rate was even strong as well. Again, at 23, he was too old for the league, but the production was clearly there.


Edwin Gomez - Age: 17

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

153

.190

.236

.233

.216

.026

8

.059

.203

.500


On the opposite side of the age spectrum was Edwin Gomez, who at just 17 years old, was quite young and a bit overwhelmed for the competition. As a raw player to begin with, Gomez was expected to struggle some, and struggle he did. His average was likely hurt by a poor BABIP, but he hit with so little power and struggled with contact that it's not that surprising. Gomez could still have a bright future, but is clearly years away from reaching that potential.


Francisco Martinez - Age: 18

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

153

.222

.276

.256

.320

.098

13

.033

.248

.917


A much-hyped prospect, 2009 was definitely a disappointment for Martinez from a production standpoint. Of course, he's still young, so there's plenty of reason to remain optimistic, it's just that people were hoping for more out of the youngster. Martinez hit for some power, but probably not enough for a third baseman, struggled some with making contact, and showed minimal patience at the plate. Again, he's still young, but the '09 campaign wasn't what a top prospect should produce.


Elvin Soto - Age: 20

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

149

.195

.284

.330

.342

.147

17

.181

.383

.75


Soto quickly emerged as an all or nothing sort of player for the GCL Tigers in 2009 – Soto was either going to hit a rocket for an extra base hit, take a walk, or strike out. There wasn't much in between with him. His strikeout rate was absurdly high, but his excellent walk rate helps counter-act that. And like wise, his sub-Mendoza batting average was again a concern, but he certainly still hit for power. Pretty clear what Soto has to improve on moving forward.


Alexander Nunez - Age: 19

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

143

.308

.364

.353

.531

.223

27

.049

.217

.571


The other star at the plate for the GCL Tigers, it's clear why many are excited about his future. While his average might have been inflated some by his high BABIP, there's no way to hide that his power was very, very impressive with an ISO well over .2. His walk rate could stand to be improved, especially given his K rate, and his stolen base rate clearly shows there's improvement to be made there, but the raw power on display from Nunez creates plenty of reason for optimism.


Julio Rodriguez - Age: 19

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

121

.198

.209

.240

.281

.083

8

.033

.091

0.00


A typical BABIP sits around .300, so when you say a BABIP alone that barely got above .200, it's pretty clear that while there was probably some bad fortune involved, the balls being put in play were likely too easy to field. Rodriguez rarely struck out, but a walk was even more rare from him, and while there was some semblance of power, certainly not enough to overcome the struggle in the average department.


Eddie Rush - Age: 22

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

110

.282

.356

.307

.345

.063

12

.027

.209

.750


Eddie Rush that was basically player that saw his entire production driven by his batting average, and his empty batting average leaves reason for concern. It was likely helped a bit by his high BABIP, meanwhile he didn't walk at all, hit for very little power, and still struck out quite a bit. Given Rush's relatively advanced age for the league, more than a high average was likely expected out of the youngster.


Brett Anderson - Age: 18

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

102

.216

.269

.261

.255

.039

7

.049

.245

.333


Brett Anderson was a youngster that impressed with his fluidness on the field, but had some concerns off the field, and didn't put together the kind of year many were hoping for to quell those. His low average wasn't helped by a low walk rate, and the power numbers were definitely a disappointment as well. Combine all that with a high K rate and Anderson simply produced a year to forget. He's still young, but more progress needs to be made.


Londell Taylor - Age: 20

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

101

.139

.231

.237

.218

.079

5

.109

.465

.833


An impressive athlete, Londell Taylor showed there's still lots of room for him to develop on the baseball field. Taylor's numbers speak for themselves; an average well under .200, and a strikeout rate approaching half his at-bats, there's room to improve. His patience was encouraging, and his ISO not being a rounding error shows that there's potential there, but his raw athletic ability will need to start producing more on the field.



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