The 2012 AL Central Position Analysis - Right Field

Still in Ohio .... - Jason Miller

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

And now we land at the final spot, right field. Choo had another good year, but actually wasn't the best right fielder in the division. That honor goes to former waiver pickup, Alex Rios for the White Sox. His 805 OPS with 25 bombs outpaced Choo's 815 OPS and 16 homers. After that, there was a severe drop off with the Tigers, Royals and Twins. Boesch and Francouer both at least had some power but landed in the 650 OPS range. But hoo boy did Revere struggle, one of the emptiest 675 OPS you'd ever see. It was Damon/Duncan-esque.

The 2013 season should be an interesting one at this position as three teams will likely have new starters. We all know about Swisher, our new toy in right. And although his numbers were slightly behind Rios last year, I expect him to edge him for first place at this position. Revere and his stick bat moved onto the Phillies, and hotshot Parmelee will get first crack at that spot. His 1102 OPS in AAA was pretty nice and he will only be 25 this year. Although Boesch is still around, I expect Avisail Garcia takes over for him this year. He was fairly impressive as a 21 year old last season. But at least Dayton Moore's pet, Francouer will ensure a fifth place finish this year.

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Cleveland

Shin-Soo Choo

MLB

CIN

29

686

16

67

373

441

815

Aaron Cunningham

MLB:AAA

TEX

26

109

1

7

245

247

493

Vinny Rottino

MLB:AAA

FA

32

265

5

41

351

440

791

Ezequiel Carrera

MLB

Pre-Arb-3

25

158

2

11

312

395

797

Chicago

Alex Rios

MLB

2014/2015 team option

31

640

25

91

334

516

850

Kosuke Fukudome

MLB:AAA

NYY

35

51

0

4

294

195

489

Detroit

Brennan Boesch

MLB

Arb-1

27

503

12

54

286

372

659

Andy Dirks

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-2

26

344

8

35

370

487

857

Avisail Garcia

MLB:AA:A+

Pre-Arb-1

21

513

14

58

333

455

789

Ryan Raburn

MLB:AAA

CLE

31

222

1

12

226

254

480

Don Kelly

MLB

FA

32

127

1

7

276

248

523

Jeff Baker

MLB

ATL

31

37

0

4

243

257

500

Kansas City

Jeff Francouer

MLB

2013

28

603

16

49

287

378

665

Lorenzo Cain

MLB:AAA:AA

Pre-Arb-2

26

244

7

31

316

419

734

Minnesota

Ben Revere

MLB:AAA

PHI

24

553

0

32

333

342

675

Chris Parmelee

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-1

24

282

17

49

457

645

1102

Trevor Plouffe

MLB

Pre-Arb-2

26

465

24

55

301

455

756

Onto the minor league assessments ...

Cleveland

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Thomas Neal

MLB:AAA:AA

DFA

24

470

12

51

400

467

867

Chad Huffman

AAA

FA

27

261

6

33

350

453

803

Trevor Crowe

AAA:AA

HOU

28

169

3

13

343

395

738

Jared Goedert

AAA:AA

PIT

27

504

19

77

373

502

875

Ryan Spilborghs

AAA

TEX

32

85

1

13

341

333

675

Ben Copeland

AAA:AA

2011 mFA

28

196

3

18

244

315

558

Anthony Gallas

AAA:A+

2010 aFA

24

425

8

53

308

414

722

Jordan Henry

AA

2009-7

24

290

0

16

363

310

673

Carlos Moncrief

A+

2008-14

23

407

15

53

339

465

804

Bo Greenwell

A+

2007-6

23

196

2

17

387

427

813

Marcus Bradley

A+:A:A-

2010-49

21

137

0

3

336

244

579

Jordan Smith

A

2011-13

22

281

2

26

319

297

616

Bryson Myles

A

2011-6

22

418

3

59

355

379

734

Moncrief and Greenwell had good numbers last year, but are much too old to be toiling in A+. The loser of the Raburn/Francisco battle likely ends up in AAA. I suspect Gallas is the regular in AA. But all in all, a very uninspiring bunch here.

Chicago

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Conor Jackson

AAA

BAL

30

366

9

41

363

434

797

Greg Golson

AAA

FA

26

480

6

52

309

412

721

Jim Gallagher

AAA:AA

2007-7

26

363

2

32

312

316

628

Brandon Short

AAA:AA:A+

2008-28

23

100

0

10

343

306

649

Jose Martinez

AA

2006 aFA

23

482

5

42

315

321

636

Nick Ciolli

AA:A+

2009-10

24

195

4

26

314

397

711

Michael Earley

A+

2010-29

24

503

13

73

352

467

819

Cyle Hankerd

A+:A

2012 mFA

27

350

20

65

426

657

1082

Mark Haddow

AA:A+:A

2011-24

24

490

7

59

373

411

784

Bill Rice

A+:A

2012 mFA

23

262

2

15

349

378

727

Andrew Douglas

A:Rk

2011 aFA

23

148

1

11

345

303

647

Kyle Robinson

A:Rk

2011-28

23

253

3

47

368

450

818

Both Earley and Hankerd both had very good seasons, but again, are much too old for their levels. I suspect one of the CF prospects may end up in RF for AAA this year. Because, I don't really see much out of this group. Stefan Gartrell was also signed this offseason.

Detroit

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Matt Young

MLB:AAA

LAA

29

369

1

24

363

276

640

Ben Guez

AAA:AA

2008-19

25

447

9

48

403

459

863

Nick Castellanos

AA:A+

2010-1

20

584

10

57

365

451

815

Michael Rockett

AA:A+

2009-13

24

267

6

24

264

403

667

Tony Plagman

AA

2010-9

24

438

13

56

295

410

705

Brent Wyatt

AA

2008-26

27

37

0

1

278

242

520

Tyler Collins

A+

2011-6

22

542

7

66

371

429

800

Luis Castillo

A+:A

2007 aFA

23

417

3

39

307

341

647

Steven Moya

A

2009 aFA

20

258

9

47

319

481

801

Jeff McVaney

A:A-

2012-8

22

302

4

34

322

390

712

Jeff Holm

A+:A

2011-12

23

160

1

11

367

331

698

Guez had the best year of the bunch OPS-wise, but needs to repeat AAA this year. Castellanos is the one to keep an eye on, he had a great year as a 20 year old. If he continues to progress, he might get a cup of coffee this year. Collins and Moya also look like they have promise as well.

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

Mitch Maier

MLB:AAA

BOS

30

156

4

17

385

424

809

Irving Falu

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-1

29

406

7

50

375

463

838

Terry Evans

AAA:AA

2012 mFA

30

91

3

12

330

432

762

Paulo Orlando

AA

2008 mFA

26

463

6

40

329

374

703

Nick Van Stratten

AA:A+

2006-10

27

226

1

27

362

405

767

Geulin Beltre

A+

2008 aFA

21

461

5

37

303

337

640

Lane Adams

A+:A

2009-13

22

576

11

69

326

395

721

Jorge Bonifacio

A

2010 aFA

19

448

10

61

336

432

768

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

Lough got a lot of burn last year, and with Maier gone and Falu likely to be on the Royals bench, Lough should repeat AAA this year. Wil Myers would have been the likely future stud here, but was dealt to the Rays. And as you can see, there isn't much left.

Minnesota

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Darin Mastroianni

MLB

Pre-Arb-1

26

186

3

17

328

350

678

Matt Carson

MLB:AAA

CLE

30

469

14

53

347

457

804

Erik Komatsu

MLB

WAS

24

37

0

1

297

219

516

Evan Bigley

AAA:AA

2008-10

25

521

15

86

289

409

698

Wilkin Ramirez

AAA:AA:A+

2012 mFA

26

463

19

61

326

486

812

Oswaldo Arcia

AA:A+

2008 aFA

21

534

17

98

388

539

928

Lance Ray

A+

2010-8

22

426

13

66

327

403

730

Daniel Ortiz

A+:A

2008-4

22

499

10

48

318

422

740

Jonathan Goncalves

A+:A

2006 aFA

23

464

2

44

356

354

710

Wang-Wei Lin

A

2007 aFA

24

426

4

30

343

334

677

JaDamion Williams

A

2010-10

21

407

6

39

311

340

651

Nate Roberts

A

2010-5

23

352

4

33

433

427

860

Wilkin Ramirez likely is the AAA guy this year, but the future stud here is Oswaldo Arcia. He had a great 2012. If he can repeat his numbers in AA, he'll likely get a shot at Ramirez's job. And they better hope that is the case, as no one else here looks like they have a shot.

Swisher and Rios should battle it out this year. I may be biased, but I give Swisher the slight edge. I think that Parmelee struggles a bit but ends up third. Garcia will be right behind him and Francouer will lag the field, and fairly badly too. Unfortunately, with Wil Myers dealt, the Royals are without another up and comer in AAA. Francouer won't be pushed. The best prospect is Castellanos with Arcia right behind him. And the Tigers might have the next 2 behind them as well. The Tribe and White Sox join the Royals without a whole lot of hope. Although I think the White Sox are in better shape with some of the other CF prospects.

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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