Thursday, November 12, 2009

Greeneville Astros: Grant Hogue

Trying to bang these out as quick as I can. Next up? Grant Hogue

Grant Hogue
How did he get here?: Drafted in 35th Round (2009)
Stats: 6'1", 190 lbs, Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Age as of April 1, 2010: 23

Season line: 53 games, 206 PAs. 50x176 - .284/.365/.392 - 13XBH-14RBI. 32K:16BB

Splits:
vs. LHP (31ABs): .226/.324/.258, 3K:3BB, 1XBH-2RBI, 4SB/1CS
vs. RHP (145ABs): .297/.374/.421, 29K:13BB, 4XBH-12RBI, 13SB/4CS

Home (87ABs): .287/.386/.391, 20K:9BB, 7XBH-5RBI
Away (89ABs): .281/.343/.393, 12K:7BB, 6XBH-9RBI

Bases Empty (104ABs): .308/.400/.423, 17K:12BB, 7XBH-1RBI
Runners on (72ABs): .250/.313/.347, 15K:4BB, 6XBH-13RBI, 17SB/5CS
w/RISP (37ABs): .270/.317/.378, 8K:1BB, 3XBH-13RBI, 5SB/0CS

June (4ABs): .500/.750/.500, 0K:2BB, 0XBH-2RBI
July (79ABs): .304/.385/.392, 15K:7BB, 6XBH-8RBI, 10SB/2CS
August (91ABs): .253/.313/.385, 17K:6BB, 7XBH-4RBI, 6SB/3CS
September (2ABs): .500/.750/.500, 0K:1BB, 0XBH-0RBI, 1SB/0CS

K/PA rate: 15.5%
XBH/H rate: 26%
K:BB ratio: 2.00

Hogue played all 53 of his games in center field, making four errors in 102 chances for a .961 Fld%, and also had two outfield assists. Hogue clearly has some wheels (he stole 54 bases in two seasons at Mississippi State), so getting the read on those balls should come along as he progresses.

Looking at his splits, Hogue did well against RHPs and obviously struggled against LHPs. July was his best month, posting a .777 OPS, and then dropping off in August - likely due to a long season at Mississippi State and then his first professional season.

Citizen Steve, what say you on Grant Hogue?
My favorite player on the team this year. Old for the league, he should have been in the leadoff position more. Very, very fast player. He injured his shoulder in college and slid in draft as a result - should have been drafted higher. How highly do the Astros think of him? How often do 35th Round college seniors get invited to the Instructional League? Scrappy player, with good baseball smarts (he once took second on a bloop hit when he saw the outfielder was going to throw to the cutoff man, instead of to second). It will be interesting to see him in Lexington next year.

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