Saturday, September 25, 2010

Greeneville Astros: Marcus Nidiffer

Marcus Nidiffer
How did he get here?: Signed as undrafted free agent (2010)
Stats: 6'2" 200 lbs, Bats: Right Throws: Right
Hometown/Birthplace: Bristol, TN
Age as of April 1, 2011: 24
Position: 1B
2010 Men of the Match: 7

2010 Overview

(Cumulative: Greeneville + Tri-City)

What happened?

The Astros signed Nidiffer on June 14 out of Kentucky, where he was the starting catcher, and hit .284/.377/.512 for the Wildcats (.320 as a senior)

He joined the Gastros in time for the beginning of the season, and pretty much killed it right from the start, going 42x131 in June and July. Seven of his first ten hits were for extra-bases (five doubles, two homers). He spent 48 games with Greeneville, hitting .303/.393/.588 with a .361 BABIP.

Nidiffer was promoted to Tri-City in August, where he hit .250/.326/.425 in 21 games for the ValleyCats, and hit the game-sealing homer in G1 of the NYPL Championship against Brooklyn.

What went right?

The first half of the season. Nidiffer's first 131 ABs, he hit .321 with 19 XBHs (10 doubles, 1 triple, eight homers).

Hitting late. In the 7th inning or later, Nidiffer hit .321.

Non-ground balls. For this season, only 38.3% of his in-play balls were grounders. He hit 16% line drives, and 45.6% fly balls.

Not hitting into GIDPs. In 107 ABs with runners on, Nidiffer only hit into one GIDP.

What went wrong?

That second half. In August and September, Nidiffer hit - between Greenville and Tri-City - .229 (30x131), including a 2x33 stretch in September, before the playoffs started. Both hits were homers.

Hitting w/RISP. Nidiffer was 10x58, for a .172/.278/.276 line w/RISP. His OPS with runners on is much better (.947), so I'm not sure what the problem was.

Appy Astros says:
Nidiffer played a solid first base, only making 4 errors on the season. He wasn't spectacular but he improved as the season progressed...Those close to the team gave Nidiffer high marks for his character and leadership as well. He will have a tough road to climb to make it very far in the system. His age and his status as a NDFA are working against him.

Even though he didn't fare so well in Tri-City, given his age, I'd like to see him in Lexington, and if he does well, he'll need to be in Lancaster by the end of the season. Let's hope he was a steal in the draft.


Anonymous said...

Why do the playoff statistics not count - it's as if the players just didn't play those 5 games. The stats do not show up on their profiles and it appears they do not get credit for them (good or bad).

The Constable. said...

That's a good question. I wish they did - it would make it a lot easier to do the recaps (and I'll be honest - it's a pain in the ass to click through those five games for each player).

Anonymous said...

Led the entire Astros minor league organization in slugging % and short season in home some real pop in his bat...think his minor slump was because he got tired in late August with long college season and little rest in between college and pro ball...awesome catcher in college that was on Johnny Bennch watch list so still learning 1B......was leading SEC in hitting before breaking his thumb his junior year and played through pain...tough kid...SEC player of the week late in season...hope Astros know what they got...a steal! Too much emphasis on age...played at a high level in best college baseball conference and hope he keeps climbing the ladder with Astros!

Anonymous said...

Followed Marcus in the summer wooden bat Valley League a couple of years ago and became a big fan. He absolutely hit some moon shots that cleared the fences with ease. I was present when he won the MVP in all-star game with a mammouth home run and no suprise to me that he led entire league that year with 14 home runs. I think he's a great fit with Houston's shorter left center dimensions being his power alley. He has that wooden bat swing which will bode well for him down the road. Good luck Marcus!

Kevin said...

I only saw the final month of his season, but my impression of Nidiffer's defense would not be as charitable as Appy Astros'...I saw very limited range and occasional trouble receiving. He was one of the best fastball hitters at Tri-City, but had a lot of bad ABs once opponents figured him out and started feeding him curveballs.

Anonymous said...

Most people like Kevin don't realize his position change to 1B. He was a 3 year starter at catcher for KY and excelled defensively behind plate. Don't get alot of ground balls behind the plate. I think Marcus will improve at 1B because he's an athlete. I would really like to see him at his natural position behind plate. Calls great game and excellent receiver. His KY bio stated he had one of the top throw out % among catchers in Cape last year. He hit off speed well at KY so don't know what happened at Tri-City. I listened on internet radio some and heard he was hitting in #4 hole for a while so maybe not getting a lot of fast balls??? Must have hit pretty good despite late slump, still led Astro minors in Slugging percentage according to the above comment. Anyway, big KY fan and saw where last blog was knocking him a little and wanted to let everyone know not his true position. Nice honor on Bluegrass Rookie of the Year and wish him the best!

The Constable. said...

Thanks for all the comments - they are much appreciated.

Andy said...

GreAt job marcus