Splitsville: Rob Cosby (v1.1)

Rob Cosby

"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 Rob Cosby, we'll look at a variety of "splits" from his 2005 season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and examine how he performed after missing the entire 2004 season.

Rob Cosby was beginning the 2005 season with a chip on his shoulder. He had a great spring training in 2004 and many expected him to have a career year. The third baseman was on his way to that as he began the season on a good note, but just a week into the season he suffered a season ending knee injury and was forced to sit out the entire season. Cosby began the 2005 season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and was the most reliable offensive player when September came around. Cosby hit .308 with seventeen home runs and sixty-eight runs batted in.

Home/Road: Cosby was slightly better on the road in 2005 than at home. He also played more games on the road than at home. In sixty-three away games, Cosby hit .319 with ten home runs and forty-three runs batted in. In fifty-two home games, Cosby hit .294 with seven home runs and twenty-five runs batted in.

Hot End: Cosby began the season on a slow note although that could have been expected as he missed an entire season and needed time to get himself acclimated inside the batters box. Cosby hit .250 in nineteen games during the month of April and .264 in twenty-four games in May. However, June was the time for Cosby to begin his onslaught on opposing pitchers. In twenty-three games during June, Cosby hit .345 with four home runs and fifteen runs batted in. As the summer months continued so did Cosby's hitting success. The right-hander hit .404 in fifteen games during July and belted six home runs while driving in seventeen runs batted in. Cosby also came through during August when the pressure of making the playoffs was at its high. The third baseman hit .324 in twenty-nine games with five home runs and a monthly high twenty-two runs batted in.

Bring in those Southpaws: The right-hand hitting Cosby faired much better against left-hand pitchers than he did against right-hand pitchers, but that does not mean did not have success against the right-handers. In 123 at bats against southpaws, Cosby hit .366 with five home runs and twenty-three runs batted in. When facing right-handers, Cosby hit .285 off them in 305 at bats while hitting twelve home runs and forty-five runs batted in. The Puerto Rico native showed the same amount of power against both type of pitchers and his plate discipline was about the same as well. The only difference was that Cosby hit for better average against left-handers, a feat that should be expected.

Playing in the Lineup: Cosby hit in six different positions in the lineup during the 2005 season and appeared to play the same in all spots. The 24-year-old played forty-three games in the cleanup hole and hit .289 with eight home runs and thirty-two runs batted in. Cosby also saw action thirty-five times in the sixth hole and he hit .288 with three runs and sixteen runs batted in. The worst spot for Cosby appeared to be the seventh position in the lineup. Cosby hit there in eighteen games, and batted just .254. In ten games in the fifth spot he hit .405 and in seven games in the third spot he hit .483 (14-29) with three home runs and nine runs batted in. In the end we see Cosby as a middle of the order hitter, a place in which he can hit with runners on base and do most of his damage.

Situational Hitting: We mentioned that Cosby is best suited to bat with men on base and when the pressure is on, and his situational stats prove that. Cosby hit .333 with runners in scoring position and .339 with runners on base. Cosby also had seven at bats with the bases loaded and had a hit in four of those at bats. With runners on base and two outs, Cosby hit .273 with three home runs and eighteen runs batted in.

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