Saturday, November 17, 2007

Ordonez among baseball's most complete hitters in 2007

This is the third in a series of articles on run production. The others are linked below.

Run Production - Part 1

Run Production - Part 2

In part 2, I mentioned that Magglio Ordonez was the only Tiger hitter to finish in the top 40 in the league in BA, EOBP and ISO among 135 players with 300 or more PA (including recently acquired Edgar Renteria and Jacque Jones). How many other hitters in baseball were as well rounded in 2007? Remember that I’m only talking about hitting skills here. Base running is being left out of this for now.

Table 1 shows that there were 7 other American hitters to achieve the trifecta. All players on the list except Manny Ramirez finished in the top 15 in RC/G. Ramirez, who had an off year for him, finished 34th. Interestingly, Ramirez was the only American League player to make this list in both 2006 and 2007.

Table 2 displays 5 National League hitters among 140 players with 300 or more PA who ranked in the top 40 in all 3 categories. All 5 National Leaguers finished in the top 8 in RC/G. There are no surprises on the list and there are three repeaters from the 2006 list: Chipper Jones, Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols.

Table 1: Well Rounded American League Hitters in 2007

Player

Team

PA

BA

EOBP

ISO

RC/G

RC/G Rank

Rodriguez

NYA

708

.314

.164

.331

9.69

1

Ortiz

BOS

667

.332

.172

.290

9.48

2

Ordonez

DET

679

.363

.115

.232

9.47

3

Posada

NYA

589

.338

.136

.206

8.39

5

Guerrero

LAA

660

.324

.121

.223

7.72

8

Teixeira

TEX

335

.297

.143

.227

7.19

11

Upton

TB

548

.300

.126

.209

6.90

15

Ramirez

BOS

569

.296

.137

.197

6.17

34


Table 2: Well Rounded National League Hitters in 2007

Player

Team

PA

BA

EOBP

ISO

RC/G

RC/G Rank

Jones

ATL

600

.337

.137

.267

8.92

2

Wright

NYN

711

.325

.141

.222

8.79

3

Utley

PHI

613

.332

.122

.234

8.54

4

Cabrera

FLA

680

.320

.124

.245

8.18

7

Pujols

STL

679

.327

.156

.241

8.07

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