TigsStats: 2009 DSL Tigers Pitchers

The TigsStats series now resumes in 2010 with a look back at the organization's minor league clubs and their performances. Continuing on with the rookie level clubs, we now wrap up in the Dominican with the DSL Tigers pitching staff.

Yadiel Polanco - Age: 18

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

65

3.18

3.54

.274

5.1

2.9

0.3

.581

.068

.269


Yadiel put together a strong season as he led the way innings pitched. He kept the ball on the ground, but that's much more common at this level. A better K:BB ratio likely would have improved his overall standing, but his FIP was similar to his ERA, so it was a strong year from Yadiel, and a year the Tigers hope he'll build off in 2010 when he's stateside.


Ariel Medina - Age: 18

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

62.2

2.15

3.33

.290

7.9

3.9

0.3

.333

.030

.545


While Medina had a very good year either way, his FIP clearly indicates he wasn't quite as good as the low-two ERA he posted. His K:BB rate was solid but the number of baserunners he allowed because of it likely could hurt him down the road. His fly ball rate was also rather high, which could prove to be a concern as he moves up the ladder and faces better hitters in more hitter-friendly parks. That challenge could come this year as he'll be stateside for 2010.


Emmanuel Del Orbe - Age: 18

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

59

2.44

3.17

.261

7.8

4.4

0

.564

.093

.250


Much of the comments made about Medina could also be made about Del Orbe. While he was good, he likely wasn't as good as his ERA indicated, and while his K:BB ratio was solid, his walk totals were still very high. The big difference for Medina is that he kept the ball on the ground and not in the air, a quality trait that will help him down the road.


Edgar De La Rosa - Age: 18

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

53.2

5.70

3.68

.358

6.7

4.7

0.2

.332

.138

.434


If the previous two got a bit fortunate, it's pretty clear that De La Rosa was pretty unfortunate, with an ERA a full two runs higher than his FIP. His BABIP was also way high, indicating he likely had some bad luck going on for him, especially in a league where balls in play are converted to outs at a much higher rate than others. However, his line drive rate was also much higher than the others, so while he likely was still hurt by bad fortune, hard hit balls will find holes more a lot more frequently.


Darlin Duran - Age: 20

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

53.2

2.52

2.89

.270

9.9

4.4

0.2

.513

.090

.282


Duran had an excellent season though was a bit old for the league, one of the only blemishes on an otherwise sterling season. His ERA in the twos was proven legit by his FIP, and his nearly 10 K's per nine was very impressive, with only the high walks a concern.


Vladimir Ortiz - Age: 20

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

43.1

3.95

2.91

.267

8.1

4.6

0

.437

.071

.413


Ortiz was player that actually might have pitched well enough to deserve being grouped with the guys with ERA's in the twos, given his FIP. He was a tad fortunate with a lower BABIP, and his sub-two K:BB ratio will need improving however.


Ramon Franco - Age: 17

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

39

2.77

2.58

.280

9.7

3

0.2

.371

.145

.347


At just 17, the young Franco was quite impressive, with a legit sub-three ERA, along with a K:BB ratio of better than three. Given his success at such a young age, there's plenty to be excited about for this youngster.


Antonio Cruz - Age: 17

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

38.2

3.03

4.41

.245

7.2

7.4

0

.478

.087

.348


Cruz is a player that impresses everyone with his stuff, but will still have to work out consistency issues, especially with his control, as he walked more than he struck out. Cruz also got the benefit of a very low BABIP, which was probably at least in part why his FIP was so much higher than his ERA. Cruz will get the chance to prove he has what it takes though in the states in 2010.


Jose Valdez - Age: 19

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

31

5.23

4.26

.325

8.7

6.7

0.6

.467

.065

.370


Valdez was another pitcher that battled control and posted a high walk rate because of it. Valdez however wasn't as bad as high ERA was, and was also likely hurt by a high average against on balls in play.


Alvin Acosta - Age: 19

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

29.2

5.46

4.34

.330

9.1

7.9

0.3

.458

.104

.365


Much that was said about Valdez could also be said about Acosta, as he had a strikeout rate but walked way too many, and also wasn't quite as bad as his ERA indicated.



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