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2013 Statistical Review: Lynchburg

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Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

There were few real standouts on the Lynchburg team. While there are a few "prospects" on the team, it just didn't have many performances that stood out statistically.

Position Players

Robby Hefflinger, OF: Hefflinger sure got some attention at the beginning of the season. At 23-years-old, Hefflinger had a breakout first half, hitting .286/.339/.579 with 21 home runs in 74 games. It definitely was nice to see, but it isn't as impressive once you consider his age against the relative competition. When he was promoted to AA Mississippi, the strikeout rate went right back up to 30%, and the .170/.222/.319 line wasn't impressive. Hefflinger still has some time to get to the majors and contribute, but he's probably more of a lesson in not getting too excited over a good half.

Elmer Reyes, SS: The real glue in the Lynchburg order was Elmer Reyes, who had a nice bounceback season hitting .285/.321/.406 (101 wRC+). What makes that line a bit better is that he is a shortstop, and you can tolerate worse offense from guys at premium positions. Reyes still doesn't walk or hit for much power, but he doesn't strike out and continues to do well enough at each level. He's not a top prospect, but he might find himself some MLB time at some point.

Kyle Kubitza, 3B: Kubitza gets some love around here for the 15% walk rate and .380 OBP, but he still has his obstacles. The first is squeezing past Edward Salcedo, who sits just ahead of him on the developmental ladder. The next is the 25% strikeout rate and low batting averages, and while he has some pop, he doesn't have a lot of it. Kubitza might be a valuable player due to the OBP and ability to play third, and he can do a lot for his stock by continuing his good work against the upper minors.

Matt Lipka, OF: Another season goes by, and another season passes without a Lipka breakout. It's hard to even see this as a good season for Lipka as he actually performed worse his second time around the Carolina League. .251/.305/.362 isn't what we're looking for from a former first-rounder, and his walk and strikeout rates went the wrong way as well. If you want a bright spot, he did steal 37 bases, but he also got caught 14 times.


Greg Ross, SP - Ross is a bit older than most pitchers at this level at 23 for 2013, but there's some potential for a bullpen role down the line. For 2013, however, he was in the rotation performing capably - 3.27 ERA, 18% K%, 7% BB%.

Wilson Rivera, RP - Rivera walks a lot of people - 16% - but his 32% K rate is enough to get him noticed. At 23-years-old, he's got plenty of time as a reliever, and it will be interesting to see how the stuff plays at higher levels. He's just another potential bullpen piece.

Navery Moore, P - *thud*

John Cornely, RP - Cornely is potentially the best reliever prospect on the team, and he had a stellar season in 2013. Along with a 3.37 ERA, he struck out 33% of hitters while walking 11%. Some of the walks probably start with a bit of a wacky delivery, but hey, it's the bullpen. Who cares?

Nathan Hyatt, RP - I have to admit that I hoped for more from Hyatt. The 26% K rate was nice, but the 14% walk rate was not. After dominating Low-A last season, I was hoping for similar this season.

Matt Chaffee, RP - Chaffee was sent back to Rome about midway through the season, but he pitched a bit better in High-A than his 5.15 ERA would indicate. 25% and 14% K and BB rates aren't dominant, but they're not that bad, either. After he went back to Rome, he did dominate - 2.92 ERA, 28% K%, 10% BB%

Ryan Weber, SP - Weber might have had the best year out of the Lynchburg rotation. The 3.84 ERA isn't great, but the 21% K rate and 4% BB rate were really good. He will, like most prospects, really have to prove himself in the upper minors.