The 2012 AL Central Position Analysis - Left Field

Just a can of corn - John Grieshop

A review of the position in 2012 down to the A ball level for all of the AL Central franchises.

Moving to the outfield, we start off with the, ahem, power position, left field. And as any die hard sabermetric type or casual Tribe fan can tell you, the Indians had the worst collection of left fielders last year. An over-the-hill Damon and never-was Duncan both were released. Cunningham was only good for late inning defense. Zeke is strictly a backup, Rottino was a stop-gap and Canzler didn't make it through waivers (twice!). Brantley should settle back into left, and his 750 OPS would bring him up to par with Viciedo, although Dayan has a bit more power. Gordon is very solid for the Royals and we shall see if Dirks can do it for a whole season. But no one was close to Willingham last season. He definitely was worth the dough last year, 2013 he should be fine as well, the trick will be to see if that last year pays off for him and the Twins. Doumit is a fine backup for the Twins as well. DeWayne Wise and Ruben Sierra will battle out for the White Sox backup spot. Xavier Nady was recently signed to backup for the Royals. Berry and Brendan Boesch will likely be the backup for the Tigers.

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Cleveland

Shelley Duncan

MLB

Arb-1

32

264

11

31

288

388

676

Johnny Damon

MLB

FA

38

224

4

19

281

329

610

Ezequiel Carrera

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-3

25

438

6

42

345

419

764

Aaron Cunningham

MLB:AAA

TEX

26

109

1

7

245

247

493

Russ Canzler

MLB:AAA

NYY

26

539

22

79

328

487

815

Vinny Rottino

MLB:AAA

FA

32

265

5

41

351

440

791

Chicago

Dayan Viciedo

MLB

Pre-Arb 2

23

543

25

78

300

444

744

Kosuke Fukudome

MLB

NYY

35

51

0

4

294

195

489

Brent Lillibridge

MLB

CHC

28

70

0

2

232

190

422

Detroit

Andy Dirks

MLB

Pre-Arb-2

26

344

8

35

370

487

857

Quintin Berry

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-1

27

330

2

29

330

354

684

Delmon Young

MLB

FA

26

608

18

74

296

411

707

Ryan Raburn

MLB:AAA

FA

31

222

1

12

226

254

480

Don Kelly

MLB:AAA

DET

32

127

1

7

276

248

523

Kansas City

Alex Gordon

MLB

2015, 2016 team option

28

721

14

72

368

455

822

Jason Bourgeois

MLB:AAA

FA/TB

30

247

3

8

314

324

639

Minnesota

Josh Willingham

MLB

2014

33

615

35

110

366

524

890

Ryan Doumit

MLB

2014

31

528

18

75

320

461

781

Onto the minor league assessments ...

Cleveland

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Thomas Neal

MLB:AAA:AA

FA

24

470

12

51

400

467

867

Tim Fedroff

AAA:AA

2008-7

25

543

12

54

394

485

879

Ryan Spilborghs

AAA

FA/TEX

32

85

1

13

341

333

675

Jared Goedert

AAA:AA

PIT

27

504

19

77

373

502

875

Nick Weglarz

AA

TB

24

436

14

58

349

413

762

Jeremie Tice

AA:A+

2008-6

25

280

13

58

357

528

886

Jordan Casas

AA:A

2010-40

24

128

0

6

278

272

550

Anthony Gallas

AAA:A+

2010 aFA

24

425

8

53

308

414

722

Delvi Cid

A+

2007 aFA

22

308

5

29

343

431

774

Todd Hankins

A+:A

2011-15

21

397

5

37

328

358

687

Marcus Bradley

A+:A:A-

2010-49

21

137

0

3

336

244

579

Bryson Myles

A

2011-6

22

418

3

59

355

379

734

Zach MacPhee

A

2011-13

22

281

2

26

319

297

616

Neal finally got his cup of coffee last year but was recently DFA'd. Fedroff looks ready to get a peek at some point in 2013, although he is a year older but can also play center. Quincy Latimore ws acquired for Jeanmar Gomez and should play at AA or AAA. With Spilborghs, Goedert and Weglarz all gone, I expect some of the 1B logjam to get some play in left as Tice might not move up. I don't see anything else resembling an option going forward.

Chicago

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Tyler Kuhn

AAA

ARI

25

449

4

36

309

384

692

Jim Gallagher

AAA:AA

2007-7

26

363

2

32

312

316

628

Justin Greene

AAA:AA

2008-20

26

363

8

38

227

406

743

Jared Mitchell

AAA:AA

2009-1

23

549

11

67

358

420

778

Brady Shoemaker

AA:A+

2009-19

25

572

17

85

416

486

902

Kenneth Williams

AA

2008-6

26

293

4

30

321

388

709

Jon Gilmore

AA

2009 mFA

23

136

0

10

252

230

481

Jon Gaston

AA

2008-7

25

57

2

5

298

367

666

Brandon Short

AAA:AA:A+

2008-28

23

100

0

10

343

306

649

Cyle Hankerd

A+:A

2012 mFA

27

350

20

65

426

657

1082

Ross Wilson

A+:A

2010-10

23

399

7

39

382

393

775

Grant Buckner

A

2011-26

24

474

6

59

330

348

678

Bill Rice

A+:A

2012 mFA

23

262

2

15

349

378

727

Dusty Harvard

A

2010-34

24

87

1

10

230

266

496

Collin Kuhn

A

2011-17

23

81

0

0

321

188

508

Andrew Douglas

A:Rk

2011 aFA

23

148

1

11

345

303

647

Michael Johnson

A+:A:Rk

2011-31

23

293

2

19

322

293

614

Shoemaker looks to be the best of the bunch by stats, but is going to be 26 this season. Hankerd had great numbers, but was a 27 year old in A+. Mitchell has the first round pedigree and will only be 24 this year, but played more CF last year.

Detroit

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Jeff Baker

MLB

FA/ATL

31

37

0

4

243

257

500

Jerad Head

AAA

FA

29

257

12

38

353

451

804

Eric Patterson

AAA

FA

29

267

2

23

365

317

681

Jeff Frazier

AAA

FA/CHC

29

80

1

5

200

278

478

Rawley Bishop

AAA:AA

2009-19

26

491

8

52

319

357

676

Tony Plagman

AA

2010-9

24

438

13

56

295

410

705

Daniel Fields

AA:A+

2009-6

21

389

3

33

329

357

686

Wade Gaynor

AA:A+

2009-3

24

475

16

74

352

442

794

Tyler Collins

A+

2011-6

22

542

7

66

371

429

800

Marcus Lemon

A+

2012 mFA

24

319

3

29

388

445

833

Jeff Holm

A+:A

2011-12

23

160

1

11

367

331

698

Jason Krizan

A

2011-8

23

426

4

40

333

337

670

Danry Vasquez

A:A-

2011 aFA

18

423

3

42

308

356

664

Whichever of Berry or Boesch loses the spring battle for backup OF should land in AAA for 2013. Michael Hernandez was recently signed as ell and will likely be in AAA. Collins might be the best prospect, but will have to move up quickly to stay there. Gaynor and Lemon had good stats but both are 24 already.

Kansas City

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

David Lough

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-1

26

544

10

69

317

420

737

Derrick Robinson

AAA

FA

24

488

2

28

344

325

668

Terry Evans

AAA:AA

2012 mFA

30

91

3

12

330

432

762

Carlo Testa

AA

2008-18

25

415

15

54

320

434

754

Brian Fletcher

AA:A+

2010 aFA

23

552

15

59

335

422

757

Nick Van Stratten

AA:A+

2006-10

27

226

1

27

362

405

767

Roman Hernandez

A+

2012 mFA

24

282

0

15

281

270

550

Geulin Beltre

A+

2008 aFA

21

461

5

37

303

337

640

Whit Merrifield

AA:A+

2010-9

23

546

9

44

329

378

707

Chris Elder

A+:A:Rk

2011 aFA

23

176

2

22

352

421

773

Tim Ferguson

A

2010-10

23

416

5

40

346

392

738

Julio Aparicio

A:Rk

2007 aFA

22

223

4

23

341

383

724

Runey Davis

A

2011 mFA

23

72

2

10

366

448

814

Recent signee Luis Durango should play LF in AAA this year. Lough looks decent, but won't get much chance unless injuries occur. Based on the stats and age, Fletcher might be the best but at 23 and in AA, still has a ways to go.

Minnesota

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Darin Mastroianni

MLB:AAA:AA

Pre-Arb-1

26

186

3

17

328

350

678

Chris Herrmann

MLB:AA

Pre-Arb-1

24

558

10

61

350

392

741

Wilkin Ramirez

AAA:AA:A+

2012 mFA

26

463

19

61

326

486

812

Brian Dinkelman

AAA

2006-8

28

279

4

32

336

378

714

Michael Hollimon

AAA

FA

30

191

5

14

305

380

685

Rene Tosoni

AAA:AA:A+:Rk

FA

25

355

4

23

293

315

607

Evan Bigley

AAA:AA

2008-10

25

521

15

86

289

409

698

Mark Dolenc

AA

2006-15

27

113

1

3

203

204

407

Dan Rohlfing

AA:A+

2007-14

23

360

1

27

295

311

606

Daniel Ortiz

A+:A

2008-4

22

499

10

48

318

422

740

Danny Rams

A+

2007-2

23

270

6

32

338

358

696

Lance Ray

A+

2010-8

22

426

13

66

327

403

730

Drew Leachman

A

2011-37

23

468

5

46

349

359

708

Nate Roberts

A

2010-5

23

352

4

33

433

427

860

JaDamion Williams

A

2010-10

21

407

6

39

311

340

651

Wang-Wei Lin

A

2007 aFA

24

426

4

30

343

334

677

Adam Pettersen

A

2011-25

23

368

2

35

312

320

632

With LF in Minnesota locked for a few years, no real rush here and that is pretty evident. Wilkin Ramirez had good AAA stats for a 26 year old, but might only be a classic AAAA guy. Danny Rams is the highest draft pick on the board but is already 23. Lance Ray might have a shot at developing as well.

The Twins have the top LF in the division while our Tribe will be lucky to move into third, and that is only dependent if Bradley lengthens his power stroke some more this year. I could not make real heads or tails of the other minor league left fielders. All five teams look fairly benign at this point in time.

This series attempts to review how each position fared within the AL Central last year and what holds for the future. The first chart reviews how the position fared in the majors between the five teams. The subsequent charts track each position through each team's farm system. Status is not always correct as some of the info was culled a few weeks ago. For players not on the 40-man roster, I have taken my best guess as when/how they were acquired. Not every player who played the position in the minors has been identified as again, I have tried to identify core players at the position only. Some identified as minor league free agents, could have been trade acquisitions. I also only reviewed down to the A level as players at A- or in the rookie leagues are still quite volatile.

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