Sunday, February 14, 2010

Lexington Legends: Brandon Wikoff

Brandon Wikoff
How did he get here?: Drafted, 5th Round (2009)
Stats: 5'9", 170 lbs, Bats/Throws: L/R
Age as of April 1, 2010: 21 (22 on April 5)

Shortstop Brandon Wikoff was the fastest-rising product of the 2009 draft class, reaching Lexington on July 27, after hitting .287/.357/.347 in 28 games at Tri-City.

2009 Overview - both Tri-City and Lexington


What happened?

Wikoff is setting himself up to be a pretty decent role player in the lineup. He doesn't hit for power, but he does put the ball in play, and by all accounts, can bunt like the Dickens (which is good, if you're wondering). Wikoff just doesn't strikeout often, consistently making contact. He also has a pretty slick glove - making nine errors in 323 chances, for a .972 Fld%.

What went right?

Away games. In 84 ABs (because the only splits listed are for Lexington) on the road, Wikoff hit .321/.374/.369, with 13 of his 17 RBI for the Legends. Compare that to a .222/.250/.250 line in 72 home ABs.

What went wrong?

RISP. In 50 ABs with RISP, Wikoff hit .260/.283/.300 for a .583 OPS. It's a limited sample size, but we had to pick something. Wikoff may start at Lancaster in 2010.