Spring stats of note – offense

Not implying that these stats mean anything, just that they are interesting:

Grandy’s K’s

Curtis Granderson’s efforts to cut down on his strikeouts are paying off. After 20 at-bats he’s only fanned once. But is it coming at a cost? He also only has one extrabase hit and only one walk.

Ramon Santiago – credit Roger DeWitt

HR Leader Ramon Santiago

By knocking his second dinger of the spring yesterday, Santiago is now the leader in the clubhouse. Santiago came into camp a little bulked up. Could this be the reason for the power surge? Perhaps. Or maybe it is just the flukiness of baseball. Keep in mind that Santiago has 6 career home runs, and 3 of those came in a 2 game span including one off of Pedro Martinez. Still, if he can sustain some level of production, and Neifi Perez continues to struggle, it will be interesting who Jim Leyland takes North. Will it be the veteran with the big contract or a player who may be more deserving.

And speaking of Perez, he has 5 walks in 20 plate appearances which leads the team. This position battle so far is more interesting than I would have expected.

Patience is a virtue

One of the things the Tigers were hoping Gary Sheffield would bring is plate discipline. So far so good. Sheffield has 4 walks and no strikeouts.

Doubling up

Placido Polanco seems to have a particular disdain for making outs, at least in the early going. At 12 for 18 he has twice as many hits as he does outs.

Is anyone struggling?

Sure they are. Carlos Guillen is off to a slow start hitting 211/273/316. Brandon Inge is at 211/304/211 with 7 strikeouts and no extra base hits. And Kody Kirkland isn’t helping his case with 7 strike outs in 9 at-bats.

Mike Hessman – extra base machine

Mike Hessman has 18 at-bats and is yet to hit a single, but he does have 3 doubles, 3 walks, and a homer.


  1. Eric Jackson

    March 10, 2007 at 9:58 am

    I’d add Magglio to the struggling column with .222/.273/.278
    3 strikeouts – 1 walk

  2. Kyle J

    March 10, 2007 at 10:44 am

    Let’s not overlook Chris Shelton’s .500/.500/.857. Only 14 ABs, but still a great start. I’m rooting hard for him to make the opening day roster. If he can hit say .290 with 25 HRs, that’s a huge upgrade over Casey when you add the benefits of his fielding.

  3. Brian

    March 10, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    I think that the BB/K is about the only column I look at. Granderson has hit several balls really hard if you listen to the broadcasts.

    I am not worried about it at all. Spring stats are fools gold. Even Neifi has a good OBP in spring…. that should say something right there.

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  5. Fritz

    March 12, 2007 at 9:59 am

    Oh man, I totally forgot about the Tigers still having Neifi. Damn.