Single-A Battle Creek Position Prospect Review

The 2003 Battle Creek Yankees, of the Mid-West League, had a great season finishing second in their division (40-29). The Hitters did their part to contribute to the success of the 2003 Battle Creek Yankees. With a team batting average of .261, there were many standout performances, along with some disappointments. We will look at the peripheral stats of the hitters with a minimum of 100 AB's:

Erold Andrus - OF

In 35 games, Andrus put up solid numbers for Battle Creek in 2003. He hit a respectable (.286), but had a below average K/BB ratio (20/6). He is a free swinger who had 40 hits in 140 AB's. He should be a starting outfielder for Battle Creek in 2004. Here is his peripheral breakdown for his 2003 season:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Battle Creek

.286

.315

.357

0.04

17.5

140



Joaquin Arias - SS

If not for his age, Arias had a pedestrian 2003 season. His average was a decent (.266), but struck out almost twice as many times as he walked. He did have 12 doubles and 8 triples, which lead the team to go along with his 3 home runs. He has great speed and needs to utilize it a bit more in the 2004 season. Arias's defense, however, was terrible in 2003 committing 34 errors, including 23 in the first half of the season. Here is how his peripherals breakdown:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Battle Creek

.266

.306

.343

0.20

17.9

481



Matt Carson - OF

Carson had a good 2003 season, but struck out way to many times. In 432 AB's he K'd 100 times, second most on the team. He split time between left, and right, and the Yankees hope he will improve in 2004. The power numbers were not quite high enough for the amount of strikeouts, but with 20 doubles, and 11 homers, he should improve next season. Here is his peripheral break down for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Battle Creek

.259

.322

.387

0.08

28.5

432



Jayson Drobiak - 1B/3B

Jayson had a dominating year in 2003 for Battle Creek, putting up huge power numbers, while accumulating all sorts of awards. Drobiak was an MWL all-star game starter, won 2 hitter-of-the-week awards, while smashing 30 home runs to lead all Yankee prospects, 5th most in all the minor leagues. Drobiak was the total package in 2003 leading the team in RBI's, stolen bases, doubles, SLG%, extra base hits, runs scored, hits, and multi-hit games. To top off the 2003 season he added a 5 hit game. Here are his peripherals:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Battle Creek

.293

.349

.559

0.08

47.2

499



Rudy Guillen - OF

Guillen was a MWL all-star in 2003, and had some impressive stats. He played both center and right field, while leading the team in games played (133). Guillen had a poor K/BB ratio (87/32), but showed good power belting 13 homers, adding a whopping 29 doubles. He should play at a higher level in the 2004 season, but here are his peripherals for 2003:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Battle Creek

.260

.311

.414

0.06

35.9

493



Gabe Lopez - INF

Lopez had a good 2003 campaign, and impressed even more in the playoffs. He enjoyed a 10 game hitting streak, adding 34 multi-hit games. He had a tremendous playoffs batting .500, with a .643 SLG%. During the season his K/BB (52/47) was not good, that is something the Yankees will be looking closely at in 2004. Here is a break down of his peripherals for the 2003 season.

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Battle Creek

.270

.351

.364

0.11

24.3

426



Omir Santos - C

Santos is a light-hitting catcher whose strength is defense. He threw out 33 base-stealers in 2003 (.388). His K/BB ratio was poor (36/25), while bating only (.235). In 277 AB's he walked only 25 times, while hitting 2 home runs. His defense will get him to the next level, but should remain at Battle Creek for the 2004 season:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Battle Creek

.235

.297

.296

0.09

20.0

277



Bronson Sardinha - OF
Rated as one of the top prospects in the organization, this lefty had a solid 2003 season for Battle Creek. He did some great things this year that have the Yankees very exited. He had 22 multi-hit games, including a 14 game hitting streak. Over a three game period he had 14 RBI's, including a 5 RBI game (aug12th) followed by a 6 RBI game (aug13th). In his first playoff appearance he hit a lofty .364. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Battle Creek

.275

.374

.424

0.14

32.4

269



Eric Verbryke - OF
Verbryke had a solid 2003 campaign, posting good numbers that should move him along in the Yankee system. He had 23 multi-hit games, including an 11 game hitting streak. He got stronger as the season went on hitting .315 in august, while playing multiple positions. He was a DH, 1B, and LF, showing his versatility. Here is his peripheral breakdown for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Battle Creek

.271

.373

.430

0.14

47.2

358



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