Rookie Gulf Coast Yankees Position Prospect Review

The Gulf Coast Yankees finished 5 games under .500, but had some of the brightest prospects in the Yankee organization play for them in 2003. Most of these players have a hard time adjusting to wood bats and the numbers show that. We will look at the peripherals for the 2003 Gulf Coast Yankees hitters, which are not pretty: (Free Preview of Premium Content)

Timothy Battle - OF

Battle did not put up good numbers in 2003 for the Gulf Coast Yankees. In 106 AB's he had only 22 hits, 5 for extra bases. His K/BB ratio was a miserable (33/7), and scored just 14 runs. He did not hit any homeruns in 2003, and should find himself back in A ball next season. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.208

.270

.255

0.06

22.7

106



Edwin Cabrera - OF

Cabrera did not have a great 2003 season hitting just (.246), with 43 hits in 175 AB's. He did have 14 extra base hits including 9 doubles, and 5 homeruns, but had a K/BB ratio of (39/18). Cabrera should remain in the Gulf Coast league, but could possibly move on to A Staten Island. Here is a look at his 2003 peripherals:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.246

.327

.383

0.10

32.5

175



Edinson De Los Santos - C

De Los Santos split time catching with Romero, and put up decent offensive numbers in 2003. In 93 AB's he hit (.258), including 10 extra base hits. His K/BB ratio was not great, (25/9) in 28 games, but did total 48 hits and 2 homeruns. Here is the breakdown of his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.258

.327

.419

0.09

10.7

93



Hector Gonzalez - 2B

Gonzalez had a good season for the Gulf Coast Yankees, a bright spot in a line-up that didn't have many. He ended his 2003 season with a lofty (.325) batting AVG, including 27 hits in only 83 AB's. Gonzalez could be promoted to AA Trenton in 2004 based on his solid season in 2003, although he only had 83 AB's. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.325

.404

.373

0.12

11.1

83



Estee Harris - OF

Harris is a top prospect in the Yankees organization and should play at Battle Creek in the 2004 season. Harris, who has leadoff type ability, should figure in the Yankees plans in the near future given the age of the Yankees current outfielders. In 2003 Harris played in 27 games hitting a respectable (.277). In 101 AB's he clubbed 14 extra base hits, added 14 walks, while scoring 18 runs. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.277

.368

.545

0.13

50.0

101



Taylor Mattingly - 1B

Son of Yankees hitting coach Don Mattingly, Taylor too plays first base, and completed his first year in the minors in 2003 with the Gulf Coast Yankees. In a limited number of AB's Mattingly hit (.224) but did not have an extra base hit. He did walk 12 times, showing patience at the plate, but needs to improve in the 2004. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.224

.387

.224

0.48

0.00

58



Jose Perez - OF

Perez had a bad season in 2003, and needs to improve for 2004. In 122 AB's he only had 23 hits, 3 for extra bases. His K/BB ratio was a terrible (40/30), while hitting just (.189). With his lack of power, and low average, Perez will be roaming the outfield for the either the Gulf Coast Yankees, or Staten Island in 2004. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.189

.353

.213

0.24

13.0

122



Luis Romero - C

Romero did not hit well in 2003, but is known more for his defense. In 102 AB's he only had 22 hits, 8 RBI's, and batted (.216). He managed 3 extra base hits, and scored only 9 runs. His K/BB ratio was decent (21/23), in 34 games. Here is a breakdown of his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.216

.372

.245

0.22

13.6

102



Daniel Schwab - INF

Schwab didn't have a good season in his second year with the Gulf Coast Yankees. In his 67 AB's he hit only (.164) with 3 extra base hits. He managed only 7 walks while striking out 17 times. He K/H ratio was a very low (17/11), while scoring only 8 runs. Schwab's OBP% actually went down from his 2002 season, so he should return for his third stint as a Gulf Coast Yankee in 2004. Here are his peripherals for the 2003 season:

Level

Team

AVG.

OBP%

SLG%

BB/PA

XBH

AB

R

Gulf Coast

.164

.247

.209

0.10

27.2

67



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