TigsTown '07 Year in Review: Shortstop

How did Ciriaco really do in '07?

Despite the injuries, how did the Tigers' shortstops perform in '07? Was Audy Ciriaco's season better than originally thought? Is there anyone floating under the radar that could make an impact stateside in '08?

Brent Dlugach - Age: 24

Level

Team

AB

AVG

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

AA

Erie

72

.292

.346

.472

.181

.083

.347

.50


Dlugach's season was cut short due to shoulder surgery, but prior to the injury, he had a good start to the '07 season, hitting with a lot of power. Dlugach was taking a handful of walks, and still striking out too much, but was showing improvement that he hopes to continue when he returns to the diamond, hopefully early in the '08 season.


Miguel Linares - Age: 23

Level

Team

AB

AVG

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A+

Lakeland

133

.156

.188

.180

.023

.038

.301

0


Linares wasn't exclusively the shortstop in Lakeland, but at both stops he didn't do much as far as production was concerned, with a batting average well under the Mendoza line.


Audy Ciriaco - Age: 19

Level

Team

AB

AVG

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A

West Michigan

434

.224

.254

.311

.088

.041

.180

.727


One of the more talented players the Tigers have in the farm system, it was a year full of growing pains for Ciriaco. While his home park likely hurt his power potential, his power was low considering the potential many view him having, as he struggled to consistently make solid contact, and showed little as far as walking. The one point to note was his stolen base rate was solid, but with his speed, that was to be expected. More will be expected out of Ciriaco in '08.


Joaquin Guzman - Age: 20

Level

Team

AB

AVG

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

GCL Tigers

151

.205

.264

.285

.079

.079

.205

.625


Guzman is young and while not projected to hit for a ton of power, his numbers were low, in part due to a very low batting average. Guzman's walk rates were acceptable though, so with a decent increase in batting average (which shouldn't be too difficult, as his strikeout rates weren't obscenely high)


Luis Palacios - Age: 17

Level

Team

AB

AVG

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

Rookie

VSL Tigers

257

.307

.390

.405

.097

.136

.132

.615


While young, Palacios has now put together two straight solid seasons in Venezuela, including improving all his measurables from '06 to '07. Besides batting over .300, his walk rate was actually better than his strikeout rate, a rarity for someone at his age. While his power still wasn't high, his size never translated to a lot of power potential.


Danny Worth - Age: 21

Level

Team

AB

AVG

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A+

Lakeland

185

.265

.333

.389

.124

.103

.216

1


Worth made a splash in his first season of pro ball, spending most of his time in Lakeland (with a late cameo in Erie), he was productive at both levels. Worth made good contact, took a fair amount of walks, and hit for decent power despite being pushed to a level well above where he was projected to compete coming right out of school.


Shawn Roof - Age: 22

Level

Team

AB

AVG

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

A+

Lakeland

155

.226

.298

.252

.026

.103

.213

.625


Another shortstop that was rushed into duty due to injuries, Roof bounced from the Gulf Coast League to Lakeland. While he was able to make some contact, he was over-matched at times, but will likely fair better at a level more suitable for talent and experience thus far.


Justin Henry - Age: 22

Level

Team

AB

AVG

OBP

SLG

ISO

BB/AB

K/AB

SB%

SS-A

Oneonta

250

.340

.417

.412

.072

.132

.088

.667


When drafted, Henry joined the organization as an experienced shortstop, but spent most of his first season with Oneonta playing second base for the club, where he excelled. His slugging is a bit skewed, as his high average helped drive that (as his ISO is rather low), but he still was patient at the plate, struck out very few times. With West Michigan already potentially having two shortstops, it's likely that Henry will remain at second base for the near future.


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