2022 Season Review: Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats Corner Infielders

Join Jays From The Couch In Reviewing The Stats Of The 2022 Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats Corner Infielders.


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The New Hampshire Fisher Cats had another underwhelming season, finishing under .500 for the 9th time in 10 seasons. The club finished 25 games behind the New York Yankees Somerset Patriots with a 59-79 record and a -89 run differential. The Fisher Cats performed much better in the 1st half with a record of 31-38 and a run differential of -21. That run differential skyrocketed to -68 in the 2nd half and their record fell to 28-41. New Hampshire’s offense was ineffective, consistently placing 10th out of 12 teams in almost every category. The exception was home runs where the Fisher Cats finished with 166 long balls (club record), good for 4th. The Fisher Cats’ pitchers finished with the 2nd highest ERA, 4.95, while walking 623 batters, the most in the league. New Hampshire pitchers struck out 1262 batters (8th) and posted the 2nd worst WHIP, 1.46.

Unlike the Fisher Cats outfielders, New Hampshire got solid production from their infielder crop in 2022. For most of the season, New Hampshire didn’t have one everyday 3rd baseman as they cycled through a number of players. As an example, Orelvis Martinez will be covered in the middle infielder review as he played more games at SS than he did at 3rd base.

John Aiello

The 25-yr-old put together a very strong season with the Fisher Cats in 2022. He set career highs in games played (91GP, 81 at AA), home runs (9), runs scored (44), and walks (39 ). Johnny produced way above league average with a .392wOBA and 144wRC+, slashing .305/.403/.476. His .387BABIP might suggest he got some help from lady luck. He produced a healthy .171 ISO, hitting 18 doubles, a triple, and 9 home runs. 19.8% of his batted balls went for line drives. He hit a lot of ground balls, 1.35 ground balls for every flyball. In the field, John Aiello played 22 games at 3rd base and 40 games at 1st base. After playing just 20 games between April and May, Aiello became an everyday contributor for NH in June, batting .275 with a .744OPS in 21GP. He played just 15 games in August but smashed 4 doubles and 3HR while batting .385 and posting a 1.110OPS. He was promoted to Triple-A on September 10th and got into 10 games with the Herd. He is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft this December; however, I don’t see him being added to the 40-man roster or being selected by another organization. So, we can expect to see Aiello playing every day in Buffalo next season.

Spencer Horwitz

The former 24th-round selection from the 2019 Draft put together another solid season in 2022 after breaking out in 2021. Spencer played 70 games with New Hampshire before his promotion to Buffalo on July 5th. Last season with Vancouver, Horwitz walked 70 times versus 66 strikeouts. During his time with the Fisher Cats, Spencer drew 43 walks (15.3BB%) with 54 strikeouts (19.2K%). Horwitz slashed .297/.413/.517 while collecting 19 doubles, a triple, and 10 home runs for a .220 ISO. His production was elite at .407wOBA and 155wRC+ with a .347BABIP. Spencer’s best month with the Fisher Cats was June when he posted a 1.157OPS while batting .370 with 9 doubles, 5HR, 19BB, and 17K in 24GP. Horwitz played 44 games at 1st base and 10 games in LF. Horwitz is Rule 5 eligible, with a really good chance of being added to the 40-man roster or being selected by another organization. He should get a chance at playing in the Major League in 2023.

Addison Barger

The breakout prospect of the year, Addison Barger about a month and a half with the Fisher Cats. He joined the club on July 11th and was promoted to Buffalo on September 6th after spending 7 days on the IL. Despite only playing 47 games at AA, Addison Barger left a lasting impression. He batted .313 with 11 doubles and 9 home runs, finishing with a .912 OSP. The 23-yr-old saw his ISO drop from .258 with the C’s to .216 with a .390BABIP. His BB% increased to 9.1 from 8.6 at Advanced-A and his K% improved from 26 to 25.3%. In his one full month with the club, Barger hit just .198 with 3 doubles and 3 home runs while walking 6 times and striking out 26 times. Between July 11th and August 1st, Addison slashed .455/.516/.745 with 4 doubles and 4 home runs. At Double-A Addison Barger split his time between 3rd base (20GP) and SS (20GP). Barger is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft and will definitely be added. As a left-handed bat, there is a real possibility Barger joins the Blue Jays bench in 2023.

Tanner Morris

The 25-yr-old from Crozet, VA., spent just over two months with New Hampshire before moving up to Buffalo on June 8th. In 43 games with the Fisher Cats, Morris slashed .312/.430/.468 with 7 doubles, a triple, and 5 home runs. From the top of the lineup, Morris posted a .403wOBA and 152wRC+, generating a .156ISO. Morris walked and struck out 16.1% of his at-bats with 30/30 BB/K. Tanner hit line drives with 21.1% of his batted balls, hitting 1.16 ground balls per flyball. Morris put together a monster May, slashing .346/.448/.506 in 21 games with 5 doubles, a triple, and 2HR. While with the Fisher Cats, Tanner Morris played 22 games at 3rd base and 16 games at 2nd base. Like every prospect listed above, Morris is Rule 5 eligible if not added to the 40-man roster in the next couple of days. He has the skills to hit for a high average and high OBP but with limited over-the-fence power. I’d be surprised if another organization doesn’t scoop him up if he’s left exposed.

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