Friday, July 28, 2006

Frank Catalanotto: The RBI Man

Earlier in the week, I listed the Major League RBI percentage leaders in 2006. Today, I’ll look at the leaders for 2002-2006 combined. Again, the data comes from Baseball Musings by David Pinto. The top 20 batters with at least 1000 runners on over that period are shown in the table below. You can see that the larger time window yields a list that includes mostly big sluggers. This is because it is difficult to consistently knock in runs over a long period of time if you do not also slug consistently.


Table: Major League RBI % Leaders 2002-July 28,2006

Player

Runners On

RBI

HR

RBI %

Mike Sweeney

1296

337

85

19.44

Garret Anderson

1905

461

97

19.11

David Ortiz

2038

558

173

18.89

Vladimir Guerrero

1867

502

155

18.59

Albert Pujols

2048

577

197

18.55

Gary Sheffield

1848

479

138

18.45

Carlos Delgado

2000

534

165

18.45

Magglio Ordonez

1559

387

100

18.41

Travis Hafner

1312

346

105

18.37

Manny Ramirez

2065

564

186

18.31

Miguel Tejada

2273

555

139

18.30

Carlos Beltran

1815

469

137

18.29

Chase Utley

1020

247

62

18.14

Scott Rolen

1770

429

112

17.91

Mark Teixeira

1575

402

121

17.84

Carlos Lee

1901

487

148

17.83

Frank Catalanotto

1021

214

32

17.83

Larry Walker

1176

282

74

17.69

Miguel Cabrera

1476

353

93

17.62

Richie Sexson

1689

438

143

17.47


One notable exception is Frank Catalanotto who ranks #17. I wanted to look at little closer at Catalanotto so I did a year by year breakdown which is shown in the table below. Each year (except 2002), I used a cutoff of 150 for runners on to determine the ranks. I used a cutoff of 100 in 2002 because Catalanotto had only 113 runners on that year. The rank column shows where Cat ranked among roughly 300 eligible Major Leaguers each year. He finished in the top 40 in 2002, 2005 and 2006. His worst rank was 137 in 2004 which is still better than more than half the players in the majors. So Cat has been fairly consistent at getting runners home for someone without much power. I’m really not sure what this says about him without further investigation but I found it interesting.


Table: Frank Catalanotto’s RBI % in 2002-2006

Year

Rank

Runners On

RBI

HR

RBI %

2002

35

113

23

3

17.70

2003

91

283

59

13

16.25

2004

137

168

26

1

14.88

2005

22

275

59

8

18.55

2006

2

182

47

7

21.98

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