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2005 Toledo Pitchers Review
Kenny Baugh - Right handed Starter Level Team ERA IP WHIP K/9 HR/9 K:BB AVG AAA Toledo 3.38 165.1 1.32 5.82 0.38 1.78 .253 Baugh put together another solid season for the ‘Hens with a good ERA and respectable strikeout and home run numbers. As he lost velocity, he wasn't able to post the same strikeout numbers though, so his lower K:BB ratio is a bit of a concern, but his average against stayed low. Of course, it's all a moot point as Baugh was shipped to San Diego this offseason. Nelson Cruz - Right handed Pitcher Level Team ERA IP WHIP K/9 HR/9 K:BB AVG AAA Toledo 4.20 64.1 1.34 7.69 1.12 3.24 .278 The Tigers brought Nelson Cruz in to help provide pitching depth in the organization, and he did that very well for the time he spent with the club. Cruz posted a respectable ERA and WHIP, and while his home run numbers were a bit high, his control was definitely a bright spot. But, Cruz won't be back in Detroit, so again, it's a moot point. Craig Dingman - Right handed Reliever Level Team ERA IP WHIP K/9 HR/9 K:BB AVG AAA Toledo 2.81 48.0 1.15 12.56 0.56 5.15 .230 Dingman split time between Toledo and Detroit in '05, and dominated the Triple-A competition. His ERA was very good, but the rest of his numbers gave an indication of how good he truly was. His control was excellent, he kept the opposition off the basepaths, and was striking out batters left and right. A likely reason why the Tigers decided they could use his help in Detroit. Sean Douglass - Right handed Starter Level Team ERA IP WHIP K/9 HR/9 K:BB AVG AAA Toledo 2.87 81.2 1.08 8.38 0.55 2.81 .205 Sean Douglass hadn't been able to prove himself at the big league level in prior attempts with Baltimore and Toronto, but the aforementioned numbers convinced the Tigers that maybe the third try would be the charm. His ERA was great, as was his WHIP, strikeout numbers, and control. Unfortunately, a hot start in Detroit lost steam and Douglass lost his chance to claim a spot in the rotation long term. John Ennis - Right handed Reliever Level Team ERA IP WHIP K/9 HR/9 K:BB AVG AAA Toledo 4.85 72.1 1.48 8.09 0.87 2.17 .276 After being a very reliable reliever for the ‘Hens in '04, Ennis returned to the team last season, only he didn't have the same success as he did the prior year. Ennis' WHIP was too high, and that was a result of both his walk rate and his average. Ennis needs to be more reliable if he ever hopes to get another look at the big league level. Matt Ginter - Right handed Pitcher Level Team ERA IP WHIP K/9 HR/9 K:BB AVG AAA Toledo 4.33 68.2 1.19 6.42 1.18 4.90 .269 The Tigers acquired Matt Ginter in the hopes that he could be used as the long reliever in the Detroit bullpen – but Ginter proved ineffective in that role. Ginter was solid for the ‘Hens, but did nothing spectacular to make the Tigers believe he had a big league future. His ERA was respectable, and his WHIP was good, but his home runs against hurt him, and even his control couldn't overcome the gopher balls he would serve up on occasion. Andrew Good - Right handed Starter Level Team ERA IP WHIP K/9 HR/9 K:BB AVG AAA Toledo 3.68 134.1 1.27 5.96 1.21 2.12 .253 Good was brought in from Arizona where the Tigers hoped he could also possibly compete for a spot in Detroit. Instead, he spent most of the year in the rotation for Toledo, where he was solid yet unspectacular. Good kept his ERA under 4, but didn't do anything particularly dominating; his WHIP and control were respectable but not overwhelming, and he was prone to the long ball. Jason Grilli - Right handed Starter Level Team ERA IP WHIP K/9 HR/9 K:BB AVG AAA Toledo 4.09 167.1 1.36 6.45 1.13 2.07 .263 Grilli was yet another experienced pitcher the Tigers brought in with big league aspirations, and Grilli was one that followed through near the end of the season. After succeeding for Toledo, the 29-year old metro Detroit native impressed in a pair of big league starts; so much so that he'll be given an outside shot to win a rotation job in 2006. Jason Karnuth - Right handed Reliever Level Team ERA IP WHIP K/9 HR/9 K:BB AVG AAA Toledo 2.13 67.2 1.21 4.79 0.13 2.12 .261 Jason Karnuth led the Toledo bullpen as the team's go-to closer, and he was up to the task. Karnuth didn't have perfect control and wasn't a big strikeout pitcher, but he kept his runs allowed way down, and almost completely shut down the long ball against him. Karnuth though left the organization at the end of the year for the Oakland Athletics. Wilfredo Ledezma - Left handed Starter Level Team ERA IP WHIP K/9 HR/9 K:BB AVG AAA Toledo 5.29 51.0 1.55 7.76 0.53 1.63 .260 It was a lost year in every way, shape and form for Ledezma, who struggled in spring training and saw those struggles continue in Detroit and in Toledo. While he wasn't getting hit particularly hard, he was struggling mightily with his control and was very erratic, as evidenced by his high strikeout numbers yet low strikeout-to-walk numbers. 2006 will be a huge year for Ledezma to turn things around. Zach Miner - Right handed Starter Level Team ERA IP WHIP K/9 HR/9 K:BB AVG AAA Toledo 2.36 34.1 1.40 5.24 1.05 1.00 .230 Miner came over to the ‘Hens when he was acquired in the Kyle Farnsworth deal, but he turned in some mixed results. Miner's ERA was excellent, but his control wasn't what anyone hoped for – he walked just as many as he struck out. He doesn't allow many hits, but his walk totals being so raise his WHIP significantly. Miner's control wasn't much better for Richmond (1.40 K:BB ratio), and it's something that will be an obstacle for Miner, even though he's had success thus far. Mark Woodyard - Right handed Reliever Level Team ERA IP WHIP K/9 HR/9 K:BB AVG AAA Toledo 3.84 70.1 1.41 7.93 0.90 1.94 .251 Woodyard came into 2005 as a dark horse to potentially push for a job in the Tigers' bullpen, but instead only put together a respectable season in relief for Toledo (though he did get a brief cameo in Detroit in September). He struggled a bit with control, and while his strikeout numbers were good, that only help so much when he gave away a good number of free passes. Woodyard will get another shot at the Tigers' bullpen this year.
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