The Gulf Coast League is a loosely knit group of teams that play in Florida in what amounts to basically a scrimmage-like atmosphere. We do not even cover the league in the DFRs, but that does not mean we should ignore it completely, especially with a glut of recent draftees making their debuts down there. Let’s highlight a few of the players since they have played about 20 games so far.
(stats from milb.com on 7/20/11)
Lance Jeffries (10th round pick – 2011) – 20 games, 53 Abs, .391 OBP and .730 OPS. 7 BB/ 22 Ks
Kenny Peoples-Walls (3rd round pick – 2011) – only 6 games, 19 ABs, .358 OPS
Dutch Deol (17th round pick – 2011) – 9 games, 29 ABs, .267 OPS
All three guys are young players just out of high school who are getting used to playing professional ball. I take absolutely nothing from these stats. All three should be back in short season ball next year, probably Johnson City.
Sam Tuivailala (3rd round pick – 2010) – 19 games, .602 OPS
I’m a little more worried about Tuivailala due to the fact that he is repeating the GCL, rather than the numbers. He is still young at still 18, but after last year at GCL, I was hoping that he would be moved up with the rest of his class. However, he is not out of sync for his age, but I would hope he would own a league after repeating it.
Michael Knox (41st round pick – 2011) – 18 games, .797 OPS
Knox is putting up good stats in the GCL and he should since at 21, he’s old for the league.
Adam Ehrlich (6th round pick – 2011) – 13 games, .788 OPS
Ehrlich as a HS draftee is starting his career well in the GCL. He has especially good numbers for a catcher.
Victor Encarnacion – 16 games, .967 OPS, slashing 325/417/550
After 2 years in the Dominican Summer League, Encarnacion is tearing up the GCL as a 21 year old DH.
Willy Paulino – 11 games, 14 IP, 16 Ks, 3 BBs and 3.21 ERA
Paulino is a right-handed reliever and so far has acquitted himself nicely in his first US league after two years in the DSL. He turns 21 today. Happy Birthday Willy! Don’t go too crazy tonight.
Arturo Toribio – 3 games, 16 IP, 16 Ks, 3 BBs and 1.69 ERA
Toribio just turned 20 this year, and has pitched well as a starter. His ERA is helped by a lot of his runs allowed being of the unearned variety, but there is no denying the K/BB ratio, which he had in the DSL with a 41/14 K/BB ratio last year in 41 innings.