New Hampshire Fisher Cats Position Prospect Review
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Posted Feb 6, 2005


InsideTheDome reviews the 2004 season of the Eastern League Champions the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. ITD will focus on the peripheral stats of the Fisher Cats position players as a method of analyzing their future as a prospect, and predict their 2005 path.

John-Ford Griffin – OF

After repeating the Double-A level once again, Griffin had his worst season as a professional as he batted just .248, but did manage to hit twenty-two home runs and drive in eighty-one runs. The questions regarding the former first-round pick do not focus on his power potential, as he definitely has the ability to hit the long ball, but rather his approach at the plate. Griffin seems to be enamored with the long ball, and as a result he strikes out nearly 33% of his at bats, while rarely drawing a walk. Griffin must make his move in 2005, and see action at the Triple-A level, as he tries to earn back the faith many have lost regarding his abilities.

Level

Team

BB:AB.

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

AA

New Hampshire

1 : 8.3

1 : 3.6

44.0%

.248

.330

.454



John Hattig

Hattig came over in a mid-season trade from the Red Sox in return for pitcher Terry Adams, and is shaping up to be a solid trade for the Jays in the early goings. In just 142 at bats with New Hampshire, Hattig smoked ten home runs and drove in thirty runs, as he finished the season with twenty-two home runs, and sixty-five runs batted in. Hattig will begin the 2005 season with Syracuse, however, he might have a hard time breaking through to the majors at third base with the recent signing of Corey Koskie.

Level

Team

BB:AB.

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

AA

Portland & New Hampshire

1 : 6.9

1 : 3.7

42.5%

.296

.391

.532



Aaron Hill – SS

Aaron Hill held his own at Double- A in 2004 as a twenty-two year old, and has earned a promotion to Syracuse to begin the 2005 season. We are not yet sold that Hill will display double digits home runs at the major league level, but love the fact that he will make contact with the ball. We see Hill spending a full season at Triple-A this coming season.

Level

Team

BB:AB.

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

AA

 New Hampshire

1 : 7.6

1 : 7.9

29.0%

.279

.368

.410



Maikel Jova – OF

Jova has had 2,100 minor league at bats throughout his professional career, and has walked just fifty times. If you're waiting for Jova to pick up a walk anytime soon, don’t place your mortgage on it, because it just won’t happen. The twenty-three year old had a solid season, and has earned his ticket to Syracuse for the 2005 season. Jova is setting himself up for a nice future, and at this point it will not be a long shot to consider him a fourth outfielder for the Jays.

Level

Team

BB:AB.

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

AA

 New Hampshire

1 : 38,5

1 : 5.1

31.2%

.277

.296

.411



Dominic Rich – 2B

Rich had a decent season for New Hampshire, however, he played at age twenty-five, and that worries us. The former second round pick does not appear to be living up to his draft expectations, but being a left-handed hitting second baseman could give him that extra chance he is looking for. Rich stole thirty-bases during his first two professional seasons, but just fourteen during his last three. We would like to see Rich regain his aggressiveness on the base paths, and draw some more walks, to increase his chances of making it to the big leagues.

Level

Team

BB:AB.

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

AA

 New Hampshire

1 : 9.7

1 : 7.1

28.8%

.277

.351

.394



Justin Singleton – OF

For the first time in his four minor league seasons, Singleton displayed tremendous power, however, along with that came an extremely low batting average, and a frequent amount of strikeouts. Singleton certainly has the defensive abilities to play in the major leagues, however, he must make contact with the ball more often. We won’t rule out a bench spot in the major leagues, however, at age twenty-six, he must show us in 2005 that he can handle himself at the plate better to have a chance.

Level

Team

BB:AB.

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

AA

 New Hampshire

1 : 13.3

1 : 2.9

44.2%

.236

.291

.438



Danny Solano -SS

We don’t see much of a future for Solano as he played in his mid-20’s, and struggled at Double-A as well as Triple-A. At this point in time, Solano projects to be more of a organizational player, as he roams between New Hampshire and Syracuse in 2005.

Level

Team

BB:AB.

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

AAA

Syracuse

1 : 6.3

1 : 4.1

 

.200

.333

.240

AA

 New Hampshire

1 : 6.4

1 : 4.9

26.1%

.234

.343

.306



Jose Umbria – C

With Guillermo Quiroz in front of him, and plenty of depth in the lower levels of the minor leagues, we don’t see a bright major league future ahead for Umbria with the Jays. He was 26-years-old this past season, and is more of a position filler at this point.

Level

Team

BB:AB.

SO:AB

XBH%

AVG

OBP

SLG

AA

 New Hampshire

1 : 21

1 : 4.7

9.3%

.256

.290

.289



You can write to Bobby at BVangelatos@aol.com


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