Auburn Doubledays Position Prospect Review

InsideTheDome.com looks at the peripheral stats of the Auburn Doubleday hitters as a review of this past season, and as a method of analyzing their future. The Auburn hitters finished with a season batting average of .274, as they led the league in runs scored with 427 and finished with sixty-one home runs, good enough for second in the league.

Jason Armstrong : INF

Armstrong could have played better for Auburn both at the plate and on the field. He played at the age of twenty-two which is not where he should be when you look at age/level relationship of a minor league player. He will be twenty-three in 2005, and Armstrong must pick things up in a hurry. Armstrong needs to head into spring training with momentum, and prove to the organization that he deserves a shot at a full-season squad.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

A

Auburn

1 : 9.5

1 : 5.1

31.2%

.258

.336

.355



Chip Cannon : 1B

Cannon was selected in the 8th round of the 2004 draft, and did not spend any time unsigned as he signed his contract on June 21. Cannon was tied with the team lead in home runs, and finished second on the team with forty-one RBI. To go along with his ten home runs, Cannon belted fifteen doubles, which shows that he has the potential to develop more power as he develops as a hitter. Cannon's plate peripherals were not great, and we would like to see him improve that next year at Lansing.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

A

Auburn

1 : 9.5

1 : 3.8

45.6%

.271

.338

.495



Vincent Esposito : 3B

The 22nd round pick in the 2003 draft played in short-season baseball at age twenty-four, and unfortunately did not post numbers that would be considered respectable. Esposito must make a major move in 2005 if he wants to have any chance of proving himself to the organization, as his prospect clock is ticking away, and he has yet to make much noise in the system.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

A

Auburn

1 : 6.8

1 : 3.0

44.0%

.253

.364

.399



Brian Hall : 2B

Hall was selected in the tenth round of the 2004 draft after spending four years at the University of Stanford. He was tied with Cannon for the team lead in home runs with ten, and playing at the age of twenty-one, he has set a solid chance of a future for himself. Hall will be someone to keep an eye on in 2005 as he plays between Lansing and Dunedin. A second baseman with some pop is something many teams look for, and Hill has a solid chance of giving the Jays just that.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

A

Auburn

1 : 8.8

1 : 4.3

40.0%

.294

.367

.512



Ryan Klosterman : SS

Klosterman is one of the fastest players in the Jays system, and showed it this season as he stole sixteen bases, and finished second on the team with fifty runs score. The Vanderbilt graduate also has some pop in his bat which is why the organization is extremely high on him. Ryan should see time in Lansing in 2005, as he tries to make a major step towards his development. The one negative on his game is that he does not draw many walks. We would like to see him get on base more so he can use his speed and create things.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

A

Auburn

1 : 12.2

1 : 4.9

29.7%

.275

.343

.409



Adam Lind : OF

Lind was selected in the third round of the 2004 draft out of the University of South Alabama, and proved in his first season of professional baseball that he was worthy of that selection. Lind led the team in average, hits, doubles and runs batted in, and above all that he showed he had a good eye at the plate as he did not strike out often. Lind certainly has mastered the short-season level and will be playing at a full-season league in 2005. He is a top outfield prospect for the Jays, and will have his share of followers in 2005.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

A

Auburn

1 : 11.0

1 : 7.4

36.1%

.312

.371

.477



Jarad Mangioni : OF

This was Mangioni's third season in short-season baseball, however, he did enter the system at age eighteen so it is not a major step back in his development for now. One of the reasons Jarad has had trouble moving up to full-season ball has been because of his eye at the plate. He does not walk much, and strikes out too often in comparison to the league norm. Where he will be placed in 2005 will tell us what the Jays think of him.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

A

Auburn

1 : 8.7

1 : 3.6

34.3%

.262

.348

.410



Aaron Matthews : OF

Matthews, a product of Oregon State baseball, was selected in the 19th round of the 2004 draft by the Jays, and led his Auburn team in runs scored with fifty-two. Matthews showed some power during his final season in college, however, that power has yet to show up in the professional level. Matthew will need to have a solid spring training to earn a ticket to Lansing.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

A

Auburn

1 : 8.6

1 : 6.0

21.3%

.265

.349

.343



Joey Metropoulos : 1B

Metropoulos made his professional debut in 2004 after the Blue Jays selected him in the ninth round of the 2004 draft out of USC. Unquestionably he has the potential for the long ball in him, and his extra-base hit percentage shows that Joey has the potential to be a serious power threat in the future. We would like to see Metropoulos work on cutting down his strikeouts in 2005 as he plays for Lansing, and possibly see time at Dunedin by years end.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

A

Auburn

1 : 8.4

1 : 3.2

56.4%

.257

.362

.480



Eric Nielsen : OF

Another of the class of 2004, Nielsen was selected in the 12th round by the Jays, and immediately showed his power potential by hitting seven home runs for the Doubledays. Nielsen also demonstrated a solid eye at the plate, and as a result we see him moving past the NY-Penn League in 2005.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

A

Auburn

1 : 6.6

1 : 5.1

39.3%

.264

.383

.437



Curtis Thigpen : C

The second round selection of the 2004 draft certainly made a name for himself during his first summer of professional baseball as he led the Auburn Doubledays in slugging percentage, and finished second on the team with seven home runs. The University of Texas product showed his plate awareness and we see him accelerating up the system in 2005. He is more of an offensive minded catcher, and Thigpen could be looking at a position switch in the future.

Level

Team

BB:AB

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

A

Auburn

1 : 7.2

1 : 5.2

40.0%

.301

.390

.518



You can write to Bobby at BVangelatos@aol.com

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