Tuesday, October 20, 2009

GCL Astros - Ricardo Batista

Lefty Ricardo Batista just finished up his second season in the Astros' organization, spending 2008 in the Dominican Summer League, and posting better numbers. Batista was the third and final GCL Astro to appear in 6+ games in which every appearance was a start.

Ricardo Batista
How did he get here?: Signed contract prior to 2008 season
Stats: 6'1", 170 lbs, Throws: Left
Age as of April 1, 2010: 18

On the season: 0-4, 5.97 ERA/1.85 WHIP, 22K:18BB, .326 against, 1HR

vs. LHB (6IP): 6.00 ERA/2.17 WHIP, 8K:6BB, .292 BAA, 0HR
vs. RHB (28.2IP): 5.97 ERA/1.78 WHIP, 14K:12BB, .333 BAA, 1HR

Home (20.2IP): 4.79 ERA/1.74 WHIP, 14K:10BB, .313 BAA, 0HR
Away (14IP): 7.71 ERA/2.00 WHIP, 8K:8BB, .345 BAA, 1HR

Bases Empty (14.1IP): 2.16 WHIP, 11K:12BB, .306 BAA
Runners on (20.1IP): 1.62 WHIP, 11K:6BB, .342 BAA, 1HR
w/RISP (14): 1.36 WHIP, 7K:6BB, .265 BAA

June (1 start, 4IP): 4.50 ERA/1.25 WHIP, 3K:1BB
July (6 starts, 24.2IP): 6.20 ERA/1.82 WHIP, 17K:12BB
August (2 starts, 6IP): 6.00 ERA/2.33 WHIP, 2K:5BB

K/9 Rate: 5.7
BB/9 Rate: 4.7
Groundout/Flyout Rate: 0.73
K:BB Ratio: 1.22

Batista actually calmed those walks down, cutting his BB/9 from 8.4 in 2008 to 4.7 in 2009. This, of course, is still too high. Batista doesn't get many groundballs, airing it out for more flyouts to groundouts, but he keeps the ball in the park - only giving up one homer all season long. This wasn't a great showing, but it's an improvement over 2008. And remember - he was only 17 this year.