TigsStats: '10 Lakeland Flying Tigers Hitters
Gustavo Nunez - Age: 22 AB AVG BABIP OBP SLG ISO RC BB/AB K/AB SB% 522 .224 .267 .265 .284 .059 39 .040 .178 .800 It was a very disappointing season for Nunez at the plate as he truly struggled across the board. His average could be explained a bit by a low BAbip which will hopefully rebound in 2011, but he rarely walked, hit for very little power and due to the combo of all three, created just 39 runs. Nunez still has his defense, but with a bat that got overwhelmed in 2010, he will have a to show he will still be able to hold his own at the plate as he moves up. Brent Wyatt - Age: 25 AB AVG BABIP OBP SLG ISO RC BB/AB K/AB SB% 374 .262 .313 .368 .366 .104 50 .142 .198 .800 Production was solid from Wyatt, who used an especially strong walk rate to carry his numbers. Wyatt walked once for every seven at-bats, while posting a respectable average and decent power to create 50 runs for the club. Daniel Fields - Age: 19 AB AVG BABIP OBP SLG ISO RC BB/AB K/AB SB% 374 .243 .331 .346 .374 .131 48 .147 .313 .471 For a player that was expected to spend the year playing rookie ball, Fields not only held his own, but really shined in some areas. He showed excellent patience at the plate and hit for a good amount of power, especially for a still developing 19-year old. The areas that were struggles such as a low average and high strikeout rates can easily be chalked up to the competition he was facing, leaving lots of excitement for what he can do in 2011. Francisco Martinez - Age: 19 AB AVG BABIP OBP SLG ISO RC BB/AB K/AB SB% 340 .271 .332 .330 .353 .082 40 .082 .209 .706 Fields wasn't the only 19-year old to burst on the scene in high-A ball, as Martinez shined as well. While Fields had the better walk rate and hit for more power, Martinez excelled at just plain hitting, with a solid average and not too many strikeouts. Like Fields, there is a lot of excitement about what Martinez can do as his experience catches up to his competition level. Billy Nowlin - Age: 23 AB AVG BABIP OBP SLG ISO RC BB/AB K/AB SB% 297 .256 .294 .339 .374 .118 38 .108 .199 .600 There was a ton of optimism about Nowlin's ability to produce in Lakeland, and it never materialized in 2010, and while he was improving at the time of his call-up to Erie, he never got his numbers all the way back. His average was on the lower end of the spectrum, his walk rate was very good but not great, and his ISO was a lot lower than what was expected from a power hitting DH. As a player entirely dependent on his bat, these sorts of numbers just won't cut it. Kody Kaiser - Age: 25 AB AVG BABIP OBP SLG ISO RC BB/AB K/AB SB% 250 .328 .393 .377 .496 .168 47 .080 .204 .813 Kaiser rode an abormally high BAbip to a great average, which filtered to the rest of his numbers and allowed him to create 47 runs in just 250 at-bats. His walk rate wasn't great but certainly wasn't poor, and he hit for a very good power rate while not striking out too much. Even going beyond the inflated average, it was an encouraging showing from Kaiser. Rawley Bishop - Age: 24 AB AVG BABIP OBP SLG ISO RC BB/AB K/AB SB% 233 .305 .387 .389 .468 .163 42 .112 .266 1.00 Much of what was just said for Kaiser could be repeated for Bishop, who was very hot to start the year, driven largely by an unsustainable BAbip. However, he walked at a good rate, hit for good power and again created a lot of runs in a small number of at-bats. Alden Carrithers - Age: 25 AB AVG BABIP OBP SLG ISO RC BB/AB K/AB SB% 220 .359 .408 .464 .423 .064 43 .195 .132 .714 Continuing the trend of high BAbip's, Carrithers passed .400 for his time in Lakeland, which helped result in league leading batting average and on-base percentage. Carrithers hit for little power, but he walked more than he struck out and rode his place on the leader boards to a midyear promotion. John Murrian - Age: 21 AB AVG BABIP OBP SLG ISO RC BB/AB K/AB SB% 213 .268 .335 .347 .390 .122 29 .117 .249 .667 The team's closest thing to an everyday catcher, Murrian was solid in a number of facets at the plate. Hit for a good average, which might have been aided a bit by his BAbip, he had a very good walk rate and possessed some pop in his bat. Murrian didn't truly excel anywhere, but more than held his own. Jordan Lennerton - Age: 24 AB AVG BABIP OBP SLG ISO RC BB/AB K/AB SB% 204 .304 .368 .394 .510 .206 41 .142 .255 1.00 Lennerton became Bishop's replacement at first base and performed even better than his predecessor. His average was also very good, helped again by his BAbip, but with a great walk rate and even better isolated power. At his age, this wasn't necessarily a performance over one's head, but a good showing nonetheless. Bryan Pounds - Age: 24 AB AVG BABIP OBP SLG ISO RC BB/AB K/AB SB% 172 .273 .349 .357 .337 .064 21 .110 .256 0 Pounds brought a solid singles game and a very good walk rate to the Flying Tigers in 2010. While the power he hit for was minimal, he was still able to create 22 runs in limited ABs. Lacking even gap power is an obvious concern for his prospect status, but it didn't stop him from a productive year. Brian Holaday - Age: 22 AB AVG BABIP OBP SLG ISO RC BB/AB K/AB SB% 156 .224 .288 .341 .333 .109 18 .135 .276 0 After being drafted, need forced the team to rush Holaday all the way to Lakeland, where he held his own and then some despite it being his first year of professional ball. His average was low and he didn't carry an abnormally low BAbip, but his walk rate was great and he hit for a fair amount of power. Again, given how quickly he was thrown into the fire, it was a successful year for him, despite the low average.