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Monday, June 13, 2005

It Could Have Been Worse

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5-8 is a disappointing homestand. However, considering the virus and who we played, it could have been so much worse. Just be happy the rest of the division failed to take advantage.

Minor League Batting Stats

Commentary Completed...














AAA Batting Stats
Player AB BB SO XBH H BB/AB SO/AB BB/SO XBH/H
Kerry Robinson 246 9 26 9 73 0.037 0.106 0.346 0.123
J.J. Furmaniak 234 17 57 23 66 0.073 0.244 0.298 0.348
Jon Knott 234 31 48 35 63 0.132 0.205 0.646 0.556
Josh Barfield 235 17 53 13 68 0.072 0.226 0.321 0.191
Ben Johnson 224 30 55 26 65 0.134 0.246 0.545 0.4
Bobby Scales 147 24 39 16 46 0.163 0.265 0.615 0.348
Michel Hernandez 150 21 19 7 42 0.14 0.127 1.105 0.167
Adam Hyzdu 101 25 31 11 25 0.248 0.307 0.806 0.44
Jesse Garcia 93 2 13 7 21 0.022 0.14 0.154 0.333
Tagg Bozied 43 1 4 6 12 0.023 0.093 0.25 0.5


Kerry Robinson is getting way, way too many at-bats. He shouldn't be on the team. Leading the team in plate appearances is outrageous.

A number of people seem to be in love with Furmaniak. Outside the cool name, he doesn't walk enough and he strikes out a ton.

Knott's getting older and has earned a shot. It's a shame that there is absolutely no room for him on the big league roster.

Josh Barfield still has yet to adjust to Triple-A. I'm hoping that's all there is to it.

Ben Johnson is showing good plate discipline and some solid power. That can also be said of Bobby Scales and Adam Hyzdu. I really don't understand why Hyzdu hasn't been able to put it together at the major league level.

Hernandez just doesn't have the power. He's got a hell of an eye at the plate, though. Bozied's numbers are the exact opposite.

Garcia sucks. He sucks a lot.
















AA Batting Stats
Player AB BB SO XBH H BB/AB SO/AB BB/SO XBH/H
Ronald Merrill 232 25 35 23 56 0.108 0.151 0.714 0.411
Paul McAnulty 230 24 52 23 67 0.104 0.226 0.462 0.343
Corey Smith 229 22 67 19 63 0.096 0.293 0.328 0.302
Kennard Jones 221 33 59 16 58 0.149 0.267 0.559 0.276
Greg Sain 198 17 45 13 48 0.086 0.227 0.378 0.271
Nick Trzesniak 163 21 43 15 45 0.129 0.264 0.488 0.333
Jason Clements 129 14 38 6 23 0.109 0.295 0.368 0.261
Casey Baker 116 16 32 8 26 0.138 0.276 0.5 0.308
Luke Carlin 94 12 14 7 29 0.128 0.149 0.857 0.241
Dustin Delucchi 91 13 22 5 26 0.143 0.242 0.591 0.192
Mike Richardson 86 16 33 4 16 0.186 0.384 0.485 0.25
Joe Gerber 34 5 13 4 12 0.147 0.382 0.385 0.333


Ronald Merrill has plate discipline to take a walk. He has the bat control and knowledge of the strike zone to keep his strikeout numbers low. He has good power. Unfortunately, he's 26 y/o and playing Double-A and can't seem to make regular contact.

Everyone on the team not named Smith or Sain have shown the ability to draw walks. Only McAnulty, Trzesniak and Gerber have shown any power to go along with that patience, though. And Gerber's only had 34 AB's.

The biggest issue I have is that the whole team is old. They don't have one hitter 22 y/o or younger. That's the biggest problem with the Padres farm system, actually. They're old.



















Hi-A Batting Stats
Player AB BB SO XBH H BB/AB SO/AB BB/SO XBH/H
Peeter Ramos 247 26 34 10 66 0.105 0.138 0.765 0.152
Fernando Valenzuela 241 28 36 22 77 0.116 0.149 0.778 0.286
Drew Macias 222 21 38 15 63 0.095 0.171 0.553 0.238
Juan Ciriaco 219 15 34 21 64 0.069 0.155 0.441 0.328
Brett Bonvechio 208 40 72 15 55 0.192 0.346 0.556 0.273
Steve Baker 201 10 43 20 71 0.05 0.214 0.234 0.282
George Kottaras 200 27 37 20 60 0.135 0.185 0.73 0.333
Brian Burgamy 198 19 37 17 58 0.096 0.187 0.514 0.293
Jordan Pickens 118 11 36 10 22 0.093 0.305 0.306 0.455
Michael Johnson 117 17 40 18 36 0.145 0.342 0.425 0.5
Andres Pagan 67 2 15 7 19 0.03 0.224 0.133 0.368
Skip Adams 55 7 14 4 15 0.127 0.255 0.5 0.267
Adam Bourassa 38 3 2 2 12 0.079 0.053 1.5 0.167
Matt Thayer 30 5 3 1 8 0.167 0.1 1.667 0.125
Craig Johnson 11 0 2 0 1 0 0.182 0 0


Ramos, Valenzuela, Bonvechio, Kottaras, Michael Johnson, Adams, and Thayer all have shown an ability to draw walks. Bonvechio, in particular, is piling them up. As seen with the Double-A club, only a couple of guys have the power to go along with patience at the plate. In this case, only Kottaras has the whole package.

The average age of the Lake Elsinore batters is 23. The median age is also 23. The ideal age for a Hi-A player is from 20-21. The farm system is old.

















Lo-A Batting Stats
Player AB BB SO XBH H BB/AB SO/AB BB/SO XBH/H
Brett Dowdy 226 24 36 16 64 0.106 0.159 0.667 0.25
Christopher Kolkhorst 225 41 37 13 59 0.182 0.164 1.108 0.22
Matt Bush 221 11 35 10 52 0.05 0.158 0.314 0.192
Lachlan Dale 218 19 82 23 46 0.087 0.376 0.232 0.5
Sean Kazmar 209 14 38 18 53 0.067 0.182 0.368 0.34
Tom Vincent 207 16 47 14 54 0.077 0.227 0.34 0.259
Peter Ciofrone 196 27 23 12 56 0.138 0.117 1.174 0.214
Yordany Ramirez 179 18 37 15 38 0.101 0.207 0.487 0.395
Colt Morton 151 24 39 17 43 0.159 0.258 0.615 0.395
Ruben Mora 74 9 15 3 14 0.122 0.203 0.6 0.214
Matt Lauderdale 73 10 15 8 25 0.137 0.206 0.667 0.32
Baudilio Figueroa 59 3 16 2 15 0.051 0.271 0.188 0.133
Brian Fryer 39 2 11 2 9 0.051 0.282 0.182 0.222


Patience is apparently harder to find at Low-A ball. Dowdy, Kolkhorst, Ciofrone, Ramirez, Morton, Mora and Lauderdale manage to reach the benchmark of one walk per ten at-bats. Of them only Ramirez and Morton have shown the ability to drive the ball regularly.

Yordany Ramirez seems to be the top prospect based on his internals and age (20), but his batting average is atrocious at .212. Morton's numbers are also good, but he's a bit old for Low-A.

Edit: Ramirez's outstanding internal numbers were apparently sample size flukes.

Average Age: 22. Median Age: 22. Old.

5 Comments:

Blogger Lance Richardson said...

Well, at least Garcia will always have Spring Training '05 to tell the grandkids about.

10:38 AM, June 13, 2005  
Blogger Richard B. Wade said...

Hey, Lance. Reading the blog from work?

10:58 AM, June 13, 2005  
Blogger Lance Richardson said...

Hell yeah. I'm the boss. What am I gonna do, fire me???

12:54 PM, June 13, 2005  
Blogger Richard B. Wade said...

So you could post something from there as well?

1:41 PM, June 13, 2005  
Blogger Lance Richardson said...

My wife has the only computer at the house, and I rarely use it. Virtually all of my on-line time is from my office.
Yes, I can (and do) post from work.

8:18 AM, June 14, 2005  

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