Pulaski Blue Jays Position Prospect Review

Pulaski Blue Jays Position Prospect Review

We take a look at the peripheral stats of the Pulaski Rangers position player as a way of analyzing their season and prediction their future. Pulaski led the league in total runs scored with forty-five as several of their players had monster seasons, on their way to helping the team finish in second place with a 40-27 record.

Charles Anderson : 1B/0F

Charles Anderson had a solid year for Pulaski, however, he played at age 22, and his numbers should not be taken seriously. One thing he has proved is that he deserves a shot at the full season level. He draws his share of walks, and his slugging and extra-base hit percentage tells us he is not being challenged.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

R

Pulaski

1 : 5.2

1 : 3.9

42.6%

.311

.429

.523



Jon Ashford : OF

Ashford was the Jays 20th Round Draft choice in the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft and has had an interesting career so far. Word came in 2003 that he had retired from baseball, only to change his mind this season. Ashford was one the many 22-year-olds on this team, and one thing does not play into his favor off the bat, with that being his strikeout ratio. No player at this level, who should be considered a serious prospect should be striking out so often. Ashford must improve his discipline and make contact more frequently to have a chance of proving himself.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

R

Pulaski

1 : 7.4

1 : 2.3

45.9%

.264

.354

.486



Brian Bormaster : C

Bormaster was indeed a "rookie" player playing with Pulaski after being drafted in the 2004 draft in the 26th round. He showed some power, and proved he can handle the bat in the zone at this level. Bormaster played well enough to earn a promotion in 2005, and his plus bat for the catching position is a positive for the Blue Jays.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

R

Pulaski

1 : 6.5

1 : 5.1

33.3%

.252

.363

.406



Anthony Garibaldi : 3B

Another of the 2004 draft selections, Garibaldi was selected in the 37th round. The third baseman, however, appeared to have some trouble adjusting to the professional pitching as he struck out nearly a third of his at bats. He did show some power potential, and his ability to draw a walk is a positive sign for the future. We see Garibaldi beginning 2005 at extended spring training, and then making his way to upstate New York to play with Auburn.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

R

Pulaski

1 : 8.4

1 : 2.9

29.2%

.285

.395

.451



Luke Hetherington : OF

Hetherington repeated Pulaski for the second consecutive year. At age twenty-one, he was tied in the team league with home runs with eight, and finished third in the team with runs batted in. Hetherington did display his power this season, however, he must cut down on his strikeouts if he wants to prove to the Blue Jays that he is ready for full-season baseball come spring training.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

R

Pulaski

1 : 7.0

1 : 3.1

40.0%

.255

.376

.449



David Hicks : 1B

David Hicks was a product of the numbers games this year as he played in Pulaski only to give him his share of at bats. Once again, being twenty-two years old does not help his cause, and for a players stats to mean something to us, he must have a respectable age-level relationship. Clearly Hicks can hit the rookie ball pitchers, and we feel he can handle any short season pitching. Hicks is another Jays player that needs to be challenged at the full season level.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

R

Pulaski

1 : 6.7

1 : 5.0

29.3%

.306

.409

.433



Michael Macaluso : 2B/SS

Macaluso was a 29th Round selection in the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft out of the University of South Florida, and the 23-year-old saw time all the way up to Charleston in his first professional season. Macaluso showed the traits of a leadoff hitter during his stint with Pulaski and Auburn, and as a result the Jays wanted to test him and challenge him a little. Macaluso handled that challenged nicely, and should get of out short-season baseball in 2005.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

R

Pulaski

1 : 6.7

1 : 7.5

14.3%

.219

.327

.250

A

Auburn

1 : 9.5

1 : 6.3

40.0%

.263

.364

.421

A

Charleston

1 : 12.9

1 : 6.0

-

.167

.231

.398



Yuber Rodriguez : CF

Rodriguez had a solid 2004 season with Pulaski as he was tied with the team high in home runs, and led the team in RBI. Clearly Rodriguez possesses the qualities of a pure power hitter, as he rarely walks and often strikes out. The trouble, however, is that Rodriguez is playing just in rookie ball, and his ratios below are not positive. He will have to improve his plate discipline, and that includes drawing more walks and striking out less. If he can accomplish that then he will be on his way. Regardles, Rodriguez is one of the rare Venezuelan prospects in this system.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

R

Pulaski

1 : 8.8

1 : 3.5

36.0%

.306

.394

.506



Emmanuel Sena : 2B/SS

The 20-year-old Sena repeated Pulaski for the second straight season, however, he is young enough to get a pass. Sena had trouble once again as he failed to show much improvement from his 2003 campaign, and we see him repeating Pulaski for the third time in 2005.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

R

Pulaski

1 : 5.6

1 : 3.1

15.3%

.241

.367

.309



Nick Thomas : 1B/OF

Thomas was playing in rookie ball at the age of twenty-one, so his numbers are to be taken with some reservations. He was one of the three hitters in the lineup with a team high eight home runs, and was second on the team with his forty-three RBI. Despite hitting only .280, Thomas drew his share of walks and had a solid on-base percentage. He should be someone to keep on eye on, however, must be challenged at a much higher level to earn the proper respect.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

R

Pulaski

1 : 5.0

1 : 3.9

37.0%

.280

.411

.466



Eugenio Velez : SS

Velez, your old fashion short-stop without much power, spent the 2004 season between Pulaski and Auburn, playing well, however, we would like to see him display a little more patience at the plate, and try to draw more walks. Velez should begin 2005 at Auburn.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

R

Pulaski

1 : 14

1 : 5.3

38.8

.292

.339

.440

A

Auburn

1 : 6.3

1 : 3.8

-

.263

.391

.263



You can write to Bobby at BVangelatos@aol.com

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