TigsStats: 2009 Mud Hens Pitchers

How did Bonderman do in Toledo?

The TigsStats series now resumes in 2010 with a look back at the organization's minor league clubs and their performances. We wrap up Toledo with the pitchers and how they did on the mound.

Ruddy Lugo - Age: 29

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

141.2

4.07

4.64

.299

5.2

3.6

.9

.384

.224

.363


Lugo was the consummate veteran innings eater for the Tigers' highest minor league affiliate. He turned in a solid ERA just over four, with an FIP just a bit higher. He strikes out a decent number, walks a few, and is susceptible to some long and hard hit balls, but remains effective overall. Lugo has resigned with the Tigers and will likely be back in Toledo in 2010.


Chris Lambert - Age: 26

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

126.2

3.55

3.17

.302

7.5

2.2

.6

.351

.188

.415


Chris Lambert was arguably the Hens' top starting pitcher in 2009, posting a very good ERA for the team. As good as the ERA was, his FIP was better as he struck out more than three times as many as he walked, and limited the long balls he allowed. His flyball ratio was still a bit high but overall Lambert was excellent for the Hens, until he was lost in the final weeks of the season to Baltimore.


Scot Drucker - Age: 27

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

113

4.78

4.48

.304

6.1

3

1

.475

.189

.325


The Mud Hens took advantage of Drucker's versatility in 2009, moving him back and forth between the rotation and bullpen. Drucker had a respectable ERA, an FIP just a touch better, while he induced plenty of ground balls and posted the benchmark 2:1 K:BB ratio. Drucker got some increased attention this off-season with a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League, and could be a darkhorse candidate for a long relief spot in Detroit.


Brooks Brown - Age: 24

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

112.2

4.71

4.48

.296

3.8

4.4

.7

.491

.155

.322


Brooks Brown came in as a sinker/slider guy that doesn't strike many out, but is durable and can hold his own. Brown backed that up in Toledo as he walked more than he struck out but was still effective, in large part due to nearly half the balls in play were on the ground. Brown is a good bet to be back in Toledo when the 2010 season gets underway.


Eddie Bonine - Age: 28

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

102

4.41

3.88

.304

4.5

1.4

.8

.508

.163

.285


Eddie Bonine had a very interesting '09 season, being removed from the 40 man roster, then making the big league club out of spring training only to be sent back down to Toledo, miss a few weeks of the year due to the passing of his mother, and then end up back in Detroit come September and starting in the playoff chase. As far as the numbers, Bonine remained a control pitcher that kept the ball on the ground, didn't strike out too many, but walked very few.


Matt Rusch - Age: 26

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

74

4.86

4.43

.339

5.8

2.9

1.1

.388

.221

.357


Matt Rusch was a reliable reliever for the Hens, posting a respectable ERA, with an even better FIP. Rusch was likely hurt a bit on his BABIP, but his line drive percentage could have helped lead to that as well. Rusch did give up quite a few long balls, and will have to be careful of that as he continues his minor league career.


Nate Bump - Age: 32

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

68

2.38

3.34

.261

4.4

1.3

.4

.606

.119

.235


Nate Bump was signed midway through the year to help replace the void opened up by the release of Ron Chiavacci. Bump was very effective for the team with an ERA well under three. His FIP indicates he was getting a bit lucky in that regard, as does his BABIP, but either way, Bump was successful and productive. Bump however signed this off-season with the Phillies.


Casey Fien - Age: 25

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

58

3.41

2.81

.310

10.2

2.3

.8

.359

.186

.423


Fien was outstanding for the Mud Hens, working much of the season as the team's closer. A solid ERA was underscored by the fact that his FIP was under three, indicating he pitched even better than the numbers showed. He struck out more than a batter per inning while limiting his walks, only giving up a lot of flyballs on the down side. Fien is going to get a shot at a bullpen slot in Detroit this spring after getting a cup of coffee last September.


Freddy Dolsi - Age: 26

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

51.2

3.83

3.67

.287

5.4

3.3

.3

.570

.140

.267


The other part of Toledo's closing team, Dolsi was quite effective for the team as well. Dolsi however wasn't able to maintain the strikeout numbers that Fien was while also walking a few more batters. Dolsi kept the ball on the ground and rarely gave up line drives, but walked far too many given his walk numbers. Dolsi will be given a look as well for the Tigers' bullpen, but is likely fighting an uphill battle to earn a spot.


Clay Rapada - Age: 28

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

45.2

2.76

2.56

.374

9.3

3.4

.2

.387

.183

.366


Clay Rapada was an excellent lefty specialist for the Mud Hens, striking out more than a batter per inning while limiting himself to an ERA under three (with an FIP under three that justifies how legit his performance was). Rapada however got caught up in the Tigers surplus of lefty relievers and was traded to the Texas Rangers this off-season.


Jeremy Bonderman - Age: 26

IP

ERA

FIP

BABIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

GB%

LD%

FB%

34

4.24

3.94

.333

6.9

1.9

1.1

.395

.160

.387


Jeremy Bonderman's performance was hit-or-miss in Toledo as he tried to work his way back to full strength. However, the numbers show that he actually may have pitched a tad better than everyone thought – his FIP was below four, while his BABIP indicates he might have been a bit unlucky on the mound. He struck out more than times as many as he walked, and really was only hurt bad on the long ball. Bonderman of course will be competing for a spot in the Tigers' rotation, and the Tigers are counting on him to be ready.


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