TigsStats: 2009 VSL Tigers Hitters

The TigsStats series now resumes in 2010 with a look back at the organization's minor league clubs and their performances. Now onto the final minor league stop, we take a look at the performance of the Tigers in Venezuela.

Alexander Moreno - Age: 19

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

240

.275

.376

.340

.400

.125

33

.100

.308

.500


Moreno had a respectable all-around season as he led the team in at-bats, however, the numbers don't show quite the exciting picture one might hope for. A good portion of Moreno's numbers were driven by his average, and with a BABIP of .376, he likely had his average inflated a bit. Moreno posted a solid walk rate, but his strikeout rate was very high.


Gabriel Purroy - Age: 17

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

240

.267

.292

.315

.417

.150

32

.054

.167

.400


The young catcher hit for plenty of power, but likely still has strides to make elsewhere. His walk rate was far too low, and while his strikeouts weren't too high, they don't off-set that low rate. Purroy's power was good though, and being a catcher, he'll get more opportunities, especially coming stateside for 2010.


Jesus Alvarado - Age: 17

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

237

.249

.324

.312

.312

.063

23

.072

.245

.750


The center fielder put together a respectable season, but showed he still has plenty of opportunity for improvement. Alvarado hit for minimal power, while striking out more than three times as much as he walked. His walk rate was adequate but can certainly be improved upon. With hitting for so little power, Alvarado will need to improve his on-base clip significantly.


Dixon Machado - Age: 17

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

234

.205

.223

.310

.278

.073

20

.137

.137

.818


Machado impresses many with his raw tools and abilities on the field, but the numbers show things are encouraging there as well. Machado posted an excellent walk rate, and his K rate mirrored his BB rate, a huge plus for someone that was just 17. In addition, while his average was so low, his BABIP was outrageously low, indicating Machado was likely the victim of some bad luck, and is likely to see his average rebound as he moves stateside.


Luis Sanz - Age: 18

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

229

.328

.330

.412

.410

.082

39

.148

.052

.571


The catcher and first baseman led the charge at the plate for the VSL Tigers with 39 runs created, driven in large part by an outstanding batting average. But it wasn't just a great batting average, as Sanz also posted an excellent walk rate while striking out just 12 times all season for an incredibly low K rate. The next challenge for Sanz will be to prove stateside that he can maintain that high average.


Luis Cortez - Age: 17

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

208

.212

.276

.292

.313

.101

19

.072

.264

.375


The young infielder didn't have quite the season one would hope for, but it wasn't a complete disappointment either. His walk rate was adequate, and for a middle infielder, he did hit for a decent amount of power. But his average was very low, and it wasn't due to a serious run of bad luck either.


Eugenio Suarez - Age: 17

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

206

.262

.305

.360

.350

.088

26

.083

.155

.667


Suarez had a respectable year at the plate, doing everything reasonably well, but not particularly excelling in any category. A solid walk rate and respectable K rate along with a solid average that wasn't artificially inflated all go a long way. Some additional power could help, but could also develop as he matures physically.


Aldo Navia - Age: 19

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

160

.206

.242

.266

.269

.063

11

.056

.169

.667


It was a disappointing season for Navia at the plate, with no real strong points to point to. Navia didn't post a high average, though that could likely have been hurt a bit by a low BABIP, it wouldn't have made him a significantly better hitter. Further, his power was minimal and his walk rate was far too low.


Gilbert Gomez - Age: 19

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

146

.253

.289

.341

.555

.302

28

.089

.315

.250


The power display that Gomez put on in 2009 was incredibly impressive, and makes Gomez one to watch. His batting average was respectable, as was his walk rate, but at the end of the day, everything comes back to his incredible power display. Beyond the high slugging, his ISO is among the best you could ever see, and is a true sign of the type of power Gomez hit for.


Oscar Gomez - Age: 18

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

138

.203

.293

.270

.290

.087

11

.065

.333

.857


Oscar Gomez also had a disappointing season at the plate in '09. Despite plenty of at-bats, Gomez created just 11 runs. His struggles were driven by an unbiased batting average just above the Mendoza line, and his walk rate was adequate, while his strikeout rate was very high.


Jose Soledad - Age: 16

AB

AVG

BABIP

OBP

SLG

ISO

RC

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

129

.194

.231

.206

.233

.039

6

.016

.186

1.000


The 16-year old didn't perform very well obviously, but given his age, he still has plenty more time to develop and advance against his competition. Soledad will of course need to improve across the board, hitting for a higher average, walking more and showing some power.



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