Splitsville: Christian Snavely (v1.1)

Splitsville: Christian Snavely (v1.1)

"Splitsville" is a series of articles on the Blue Jays prospects that we'll be doing throughout their minor league careers. In version one/chapter one (v1.1) of Christian Snavely we'll look at a variety of "splits" from his 2005 season with the Lansing Lugnuts and examine his play in more detail.

Chris Snavely had a solid season for the Lansing Lugnuts due to a spectacular finish to the season. Snavely hit .287 in 117 games for Lansing with eleven home runs and fifty-six runs batted in.

Stadium Doesn't Matter: Whether he played at home or on the road, the results were similar for Snavely. His away batting average was .300 in 200 at bats and .274 in 208 at bats at home. Snavely hit three more home runs at home than on the road, but had similar doubles numbers and runs batted in.

Poor Start-Torrid Finish: Snavely struggled to begin the 2005 season hitting just .227 over his first twenty games of the season. Snavely showed no power and was barely a factor in the lineup. May was no better, and actually got worse. In eighteen games he hit just .176 with one home run and two runs batted in and appeared to be losing his prospect status. However, the 23-year-old had a spectacular finish and it began with June. Snavely hit .357 (30-84) in twenty-four games with three home runs and twenty runs batted in. His numbers were maintained during July as he hit .320 (31-97) in twenty-five games. Snavely displayed and increase in power with five home runs during the month. Over his final ninety-nine games of the season, Snavely hit .322 with nine home runs and thirty-nine runs batted in.

Outfield or Infield? Snavely was drafted as an outfielder and played the outfield in 2004. However, the organization decided to switch Snavely to third base this season. The experiment did not last for the entire season and towards the tail end of 2005 Snavely found himself playing left-field and slotted in the designated hitters role. That was partly because of Lansing wanting to put Jason Armstrong's bat in the lineup. However, Snavely will also see some action at first base during the Instructional League for his value to the organization to increase. In 212 at bats at third base, Snavely hit .278 (59-212) with five home runs and twenty-four runs batted in. During 108 at bats as the designated hitter, Snavely hit .269 (29-108) with four home runs and eighteen runs batted in, while in eighty-two at bats as a left-fielder, he hit .329 (27-82) with two home runs and thirteen runs batted in.

Struggles Against Southpaws: The left-hand batter saw his share of struggles this season when facing left-handers. Snavely hit .241 (20-83) in eighty-three at bats against southpaws with three home runs and eleven runs batted in. During his 325 at bats against right-handers, he hit .298 with eight home runs and forty-five runs batted in. Snavely also hit twenty-three of his twenty-seven doubles against right-hand pitchers.

Success Batting Second: Snavely played thirty-eight games in the two hole and thirty-eight games in the sixth hole. He hit .314 (48-153) with three home runs, twenty-three runs batted in and twenty-nine runs scored as the two-hole hitter and .262 (34-130) with five home runs, eighteen runs batted in as the sixth place hitter. Snavely also had twelve at bats in the fifth slot and twelve more in the seventh slot. As the five-hole hitter he batted .350 (14-40) with four runs batted in and .147 (5-34) in the seventh spot. The left-hander went 6-for-9 in three games in the three-hole, 9-for-22 in seven games in the eighth spot and 1-for-20 in six games batting ninth.

Situational Hitting: Snavely faired better this past season with runners on base than with the bases empty. He hit .311 (59-190) with seven home runs and fifty-two runs batted in with runners on base and .266 (58-218) with the bases empty. Four of his eleven home runs came with the bases clear of runners. With runners in scoring position Snavely had success hitting .306 with four home runs.

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