Here is a look back at the Mud Hens’ 2011 team, player by player, focusing on players who spent a majority of the season in Toledo. The “numbers” and “notes” are facts; the “analysis” and “crystal ball” are thoughts and feelings. So here we go …
NOTES AND LEADERS: Thorman finished second on the team in both home runs and RBIs and was fifth in runs scored. His home run total was his lowest as a minor leaguer since 2003, while his steal total was a single-season career high.
ANALYSIS: Thorman’s season split into two halves offensively. Before the All-Star Break he hit just .223 and struck out 58 times but also had 12 home runs and 43 RBIs; after the break he batted .282 but had only one home run and 15 RBIs. Thorman saw most of his action as a DH and struggled with that role, batting just .231 with three home runs in 147 at-bats. He did show some versatility by playing in the outfield for 31 games.
THE CRYSTAL BALL: Thorman will turn 30 in January, and there probably isn’t a role for him in Toledo next season. Ryan Strieby will see most of the action at first base, and there is a glut of outfielders on the roster as well. Thorman’s quiet leadership and hustle will make him a valuable addition to some team’s Triple-A roster this coming season.
Click here to read a report on all of the Mud Hens -- from Below to Worth -- from 2011, assessing the season each player had as well as their future.