Last week I looked at some of the Billings Mustangs pitchers. This week I am going to look at some of the Billings Mustangs position players. Today I will be looking at Phil Ervin, Jose Ortiz, Gabriel Rosa and Ty Washington.

Phil Ervin

The Reds 1st round pick isn’t lighting the Pioneer League on fire at this point of the season. He has shown both strong tools and some flaws. Offensively Ervin has a short and compact swing that is quick to the ball. He has been prone to expand the strikezone to the letters on fastballs at times and has chased a few breaking balls well out of the strikezone. With that said, he has shown good plate discipline for the most part and a willingness to use the entire field. The power hasn’t showed up yet, but it should come. Defensively it has been very hit-and-miss. Ervin has looked downright bad in right field several times this season with misreads on baseballs that went over his head. In center he seems much more comfortable and has been able to show off his range well.  His arm has been very impressive from both positions.

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Jose Ortiz

Last season the Reds drafted Ortiz out of Puerto Rico in the 17th round. He hit well, though he signed late and didn’t play much. He is off to a strong start in Billings with a .294/.351/.627 line through 57 plate appearances this season. The catcher brings some offense with him. While there is some swing and miss in him at this point, there is a lot of power in there as well. He has strong bat speed and when he gets one, he really gets one. He has above-average power potential in his bat. Defensively he has a very strong arm with above-average pop times under 2.0 seconds and that shows with his 35% caught stealing rate so far this season. He is rather quiet behind the plate when he receives the ball.
Gabriel Rosa

The Reds 2nd round pick from 2011 is back in Billings again in 2013 after being shut down with an injury after just 80 plate appearances last season. So far the production hasn’t been there on a consistent basis as he is hitting just .242/.315/.364 while being hit by 5 pitches in just 73 plate appearances. He is an aggressive hitter and will expand the strikezone a little bit, but not as much as his 2 walks and 15 strikeouts would lead you to believe. He seems to swing as hard as possible with every swing. While that helps him generate plenty of power, when he gets into a ball it stands out, it also makes him prone to weak contact on offspeed pitches. He has above-average speed, timed between 4.05 and 4.20 from home to first base. Defensively I wasn’t able to see much, but he did show off a strong arm when he needed to use it.

Ty Washington

Washington is a bit undersized, listed at just 5′ 9″ and 160 pounds, but he has been one of the best hitters in Billings so far in 2013 with a .333/.372/.444 line with 5 walks and 6 strikeouts. Washington has a swing that is similar to that of Phil Ervin. It is short and compact while still having some bat speed to it. He is aggressive in the strikezone but doesn’t expand outside of the zone. Defensively he is probably better suited for second base, though he can cover shortstop if needed. He has good range at second base and his arm plays fine at the position. He is an above-average runner that had times consistently below 4.20 from home to first.

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2 Responses

  1. Scott Nash

    What do you mean when you say Ortiz is “quiet behind the plate when he receives the ball”? I have never heard that term before.

    • Doug Gray

      Not much movement. He tends to keep his head still. He doesn’t “stab” at the ball to receive it (assuming the ball is thrown to the target…. everyone has to move when the pitcher misses).