Small sample size ahoy! Just looking at who was started out of the gates quickly at each affiliate and who has well… not.
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Jeff in Bryan Anderson, Kolten Wong, Matt Adams, Nick Longmire, Niko Vasquez
Jeff in Nick Longmire, Niko Vasquez, robert stock
Now that the short season squads have started up their seasons, I think it is important to note that these stats are not the be-all end all for a player – especially in the beginning of the year. The rest of the warning is after the jump.
First and foremost, in the beginning of the short season year, a lot of the top draftees are not even signed yet and a lot of the advanced draftees are still playing in the College World Series or the Super Regionals. The competition is very watered down early in the year.
Additionally, we have often fallen in the trap (I’m subject to this as well) of falling in love with a prospect from short season ball stats and projectability and then they have not lived up to the numbers they produced in short season ball. Some quick examples from the last few seasons:
Nick Longmire: 2010 wRC+(Batavia) = 144 / 2011 wRC+ (so far) = 82
Longmire also hit only 1 of his 9 HRs after August 5th in 2010.
Niko Vasquez: 2008 wRC+ (Johnson City) = 149 / his best season since – 2010 wRC+ (between two levels) = ~120
Vasquez never had another year with above average wRC+.
Robert Stock: 2009 wRC+ (Johnson City) = 153 / 2010 wRC+ = 64 and 2011 wRC+ in Quad Cities (repeating the level) = 51.
I know I’m cherry-picking some stats, but the point is there. Stats from rookie-level leagues mean very little in the grand scheme of things. However, by all means get excited, but think about the history when getting excited about these players because what happens in rookie ball does not always translate to full season ball.
Jeff in Carlos Martinez, Nick Longmire, robert stock
The Quad Cities River Bandits are playing the Kane County Cougars tonight at Busch Stadium. I’m going to be at the game (provided my flight is on time) and I’ll be the guy… I’ll just be the guy somewhere in the stadium. How’s that for descriptive? I’m certain I will be tweeting from the game at @jeff_underscore. Who’s going to the game? Let’s hear it in the comments. Viva El Birdos also has a thread for people attending the game so you can figure out how to bother Fritz.
Let’s take a look at the Quad Cities roster in cheat sheet format for you to print out before the game or access on some sort of smartphone during the game to make you look smarter to your friends and random people sitting around you. It’s all after the jump. (natch)
Everyone’s darling from short season ball last year, Nick Longmire is off to a slow start to 2011. Let’s take a look at both 2010 and 2011 season and see what is going on. Sorry about the lateness of this post, I was tied up with the NFL actually deciding to have some football related activities this offseason in the person of the NFL draft. But, back to Longmire after the jump.