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Season in review: Julio Rodriguez

October 1, 2010

Julio Rodriguez led the Connecticut Tigers with a .270 batting average in 2010, but his most important contributions to the team may have come on defense.

Julio Rodriguez

As Connecticut’s starting catcher, Rodriguez gunned down 31.3 percent (20 out of 64) of would-be basestealers and allowed only five passed balls.  He displayed a strong arm and quick feet behind the plate and was not afraid to throw behind baserunners in an attempt to pick them off first or second base.  He also showed good ability as a receiver.

Offensively, Rodriguez occasionally flashed good power to the gaps, but he was primarily a singles hitter during his time with Connecticut, finishing the season with a .270/.317/.360 slash line.

Like many catchers, Rodriguez’s well below-average speed is his weakest tool.

Season in review: Miguel Mejia

September 16, 2010

Miguel Mejia did not join the Connecticut Tigers until July, but he quickly established himself as one of team’s most important pitchers while serving in a variety of roles.

Miguel Mejia proved to be a valuable and versatile reliever for the CT Tigers

Mejia made two spot starts with Connecticut and appeared in 11 games out of the bullpen, mostly as a long reliever.  He finished the season with a 1.02 ERA in 35.1 innings pitched.  A .231 batting average on balls in play contributed to Mejia’s sterling ERA, but his strong strikeout rate (8.41 SO/9) and 2.89 FIP indicate his excellent performance with Connecticut was not simply a fluke.

Mejia does not possess overwhelming stuff, but his four-pitch arsenal was good enough for him to succeed in the New York-Penn League.  Mejia’s fastball sits at 87-90 mph and touches 91.  He also throws a low 80s slider, a slower low-to-mid 70s curveball and a changeup.

Season in review: P.J. Polk

September 9, 2010

Despite being hampered by hamstring and ankle injuries, P.J. Polk managed to steal 29 bases for the Connecticut Tigers in 2010, which was good for third most in the New York-Penn League.  Polk’s plus-plus speed also helped his batting average, as he was able to beat out a large number of infield singles throughout the course of the season.

P.J. Polk finished third in the NYPL with 29 stolen bases

Offensively, Polk relied on his speed and on-base ability to be an effective lead-off hitter.  He led the team with a .343 on-base percentage, despite striking out 52 times in 270 plate appearances. He did not hit for much power, posting a .089 ISO with two home runs.

Polk has a slender 5-foot-9 frame and does not project to hit for much power in the future, so he will have to cut down on his strikeouts to be a productive offensive player as he moves up the minor league ladder.

Defensively, he has excellent range, below-average arm strength and the ability to play center field and left field.