Single-A Position Prospect Review

Staten Island Finished Last In Their Division

The Staten Island Yankees finished the 2003 season with a very disappointing 29-43 record. Their offensive production was lagging and they finished in last place in the McNamara Division of the NY-Penn League. This article will review their position prospects with at least 75 at bats.<br><i>Free Preview Of Premium Content</i>

Melky Cabrera – OF

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Staten Island

.283

.345

.355

.082

17.7

279

Cabrera has age working for him at only 18 years old. He had more AB than anyone else on the team and had a respectable .283 BA for a teenager. Cabrera struck out only 36 times in 279 AB. Melky also has pretty good discipline at the plate, with a low number of SO and a good number of hits, but could use a few more walks though. His BB/PA needs a little work but that will come with experience. He also has some decent speed on the base paths. No one statistic really stands out but his overall stats are solid. With several years to work with I'm interested to see what numbers he posts next year and in the years to come. On a team of mostly organizational players, the 18-year-old Cabrera may be someone to keep your eye on. You may see him start in Battle Creek and then go to Tampa in 2004.

Nick Covarrubias – OF

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Staten Island

.266

.348

.329

.101

19.0

79

Covarrubias is coming off a year playing in 24 of Staten Island's 72 games. He is still fairly young at 23 and still has some time to produce. He didn't put many spectacular stats up and was an average player on a below average team. He struck out 18 times and walked only 8 times. He needs to take more pitches and force more walks if he is going to have a chance at any of the higher levels. It seems like he can play on a daily basis but needs to improve his stats just a little if he wants to be something instead of organizational player. Look for him to start in Staten Island and depending on how he does he may move up.

Enrique Cruz – 2B

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Staten Island

.285

.363

.385

.107

27.0

130

Cruz appeared in 32 games this season and, at first glance, I am pleased with his XBH at only 22 years of age. He maintained a pretty good .285 BA, which is very encouraging. Once again, with only one year of minor-league baseball under his belt we need more time to see how he will develop. Next year is key to showing the Yankee organization what he is made of at second. Cruz had a very solid year and if he works for an even more productive year he has a shot at a Tampa uniform.

Edwar Gonzalez – OF

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Staten Island

.229

.275

.333

.043

32.0

231

Gonazlez had a really good XBH at only 20 years of age. His other stats were very weak though. His OBP% was only .275, and he only walked 10 times and struck out an outrageous 72 times. The one thing Gonzalez needs to focus on is better plate discipline. He needs to draw many more walks and cut back on the strikeouts. Gonzalez has no chance at any higher level unless he can regulate his walks and strikeouts. Edwar is still young and has time to work on this, but so far he seems like another organizational player on a team full of them. Another year of A ball is in the foreseeable future.

Bryce Kartler - P

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Staten Island

.291

.391

.455

.163

31.25

110

It's kind of sad to see that a pitcher has better hitting stats than half the team! Even though his numbers aren't too bad, lets face it, he's not going to the majors as a hitter. Not a bad year though, as you see he hit a solid .291. He also had a pretty good eye and drew 18 walks out of 110 plate appearances.

Luis Robles - C

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Staten Island

.232

.298

.305

.097

21.05

82

This wasn't the year Luis Robles had in mind. Robles struggled this year and needs to turn these stats around before we see him at any other level. He had only 4 extra base hits this year! He is currently 21 years old and needs to make the jump soon because after he spends a few years going through the system he may be in his late 20's. Once he draws more walks, raises his average and gets on base more often then he could have a shot.

Carlos Rosario - C

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Staten Island

.157

.185

.235

.029

25.0

204

What a tough, tough year for Carlos Rosario. He batted a brutal .157! He drew next to no walks at the plate, just look at his BB/PA. I cannot see Rosario going anywhere in the near future. Maybe just a bad year? Perhaps. Think about it: his OBP% is .185, which means he got on base about 19% of the time. It also means another thing: out of his 204 AB he got on base about 39 times. One thing is for sure he needs to triple almost every stat listed before I put him on my list of players to keep an eye on.

Alexander Santa - OF

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Staten Island

.193

.256

.246

.078

22.72

114

Its no wonder Staten Island finished in last place. Everyone we reviewed batted below .300 and two have already batted below .200. Another struggling season for Santa, with some disappointing numbers. He only batted .193 and really had some trouble drawing walks and getting some extra base hits. The one thing I would say is he needs to be patient. Take some pitches and become more disciplined at the plate and maybe he can turn these stats around.

Adam Shorts - 2B

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Staten Island

.208

.309

.312

.128

35.71

202

Shorts did some pretty good things and some not so good things. His XBH was acceptable and was better than most on the team. His average was low though and his OBP% was average. He still needs to make a lot of progress but if he can really improve next year he may have a chance. The bottom line is that these current stats won't cut it as he gets to the high levels. He needs more hits and that's all there is to it. Another year of A ball is expected.

David Slevin - SS

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Staten Island

.222

.280

.299

.069

25.0

144

Slevin's production was rather low last year. Compared to his teammates, his numbers where average. Slevin did not take a lot of pitches and if he is going to have any kind of success at the higher levels he needs to be able take more pitches and draw some walks. His XBH was average but his BB/PA was very low and is his biggest weakness.

Jared Treadway - OF

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Staten Island

.274

.343

.384

.060

20.0

164

Not a bad year for Treadway, but there is room for improvement. His numbers are getting there and could have the potential, but he needs to work at it. He needs to draw more walks - he struck out 56 times and only walked 10 times. That is the biggest problem Treadway has. He needs to translate some of those strikeouts into walks. His average isn't too bad and his OBP% and SLG% are getting there but you won't see him going anywhere until he cuts back on SO and draws some more walks.

John Urick - 1B

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Staten Island

.226

.345

.274

.193

21.42

186

The best thing that can be said about Urick was that he had the best SO/BB ratio on the team with 1, which is very good. That is his strong point and will help him at the higher levels. His biggest weakness is his SLG% it seemed very low and is something for him to work on. His average wasn't horrible but he needs to improve on it.

Hector Zamora - 3B

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Staten Island

.253

.371

.409

.137

33.33

225

A very respectable year for Zamora who put up some solid numbers. His XBH is very promising, he drew walks, his OBP% was pretty good and his SLG% was solid. If he keeps these stats up you may see him at a higher level. His average can be worked on a little but all his other stats are good.

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