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2010 Productive But Not Full-Time Batters

Posted by Steve Lombardi on November 11, 2010

How many batters last season had between 200 and 350 PA and had more than zero batting wins?

Here's the answer -

Rk Player BtWins PA Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Justin Morneau 3.51 348 2010 29 MIN AL 81 296 53 102 25 1 18 56 50 7 62 0 0 2 6 0 0 .345 .437 .618 1.055 *3/D
2 Jim Thome 3.08 340 2010 39 MIN AL 108 276 48 78 16 2 25 59 60 4 82 2 0 2 8 0 0 .283 .412 .627 1.039 *D
3 Manny Ramirez 1.68 320 2010 38 TOT ML 90 265 38 79 16 0 9 42 46 4 61 6 0 3 6 1 1 .298 .409 .460 .870 *7D
4 Wilson Betemit 1.62 315 2010 28 KCR AL 84 276 36 82 20 0 13 43 36 2 74 1 0 2 3 0 0 .297 .378 .511 .889 *5D/347
5 Mike Morse 1.10 293 2010 28 WSN NL 98 266 36 77 12 2 15 41 22 1 64 4 0 1 6 0 1 .289 .352 .519 .870 *93/D
6 Matthew Joyce 1.03 261 2010 25 TBR AL 77 216 30 52 15 3 10 40 40 2 55 2 0 3 2 2 2 .241 .360 .477 .837 *97D
7 Ryan Hanigan 0.96 243 2010 29 CIN NL 70 203 25 61 11 0 5 40 33 4 21 4 1 2 6 0 0 .300 .405 .429 .834 *2
8 Jim Edmonds 0.92 272 2010 40 TOT NL 86 246 44 68 23 0 11 23 24 0 60 1 0 1 2 2 0 .276 .342 .504 .846 *89/37
9 Logan Morrison 0.85 287 2010 22 FLA NL 62 244 43 69 20 7 2 18 41 0 51 2 0 0 4 0 1 .283 .390 .447 .837 *7
10 Andruw Jones 0.70 328 2010 33 CHW AL 107 278 41 64 12 1 19 48 45 0 73 3 0 2 15 9 2 .230 .341 .486 .827 *98D7
11 Danny Valencia 0.63 322 2010 25 MIN AL 85 299 30 93 18 1 7 40 20 0 46 0 0 3 11 2 0 .311 .351 .448 .799 *5/D
12 Kendry Morales 0.63 211 2010 27 LAA AL 51 193 29 56 5 0 11 39 12 3 31 5 0 1 5 0 1 .290 .346 .487 .833 *3
13 Marcus Thames 0.62 237 2010 33 NYY AL 82 212 22 61 7 0 12 33 19 0 61 3 0 3 3 0 0 .288 .350 .491 .841 D7/95
14 Chris Denorfia 0.60 317 2010 29 SDP NL 99 284 41 77 15 2 9 36 27 3 51 2 1 3 5 8 4 .271 .335 .433 .769 *879
15 Eric Hinske 0.60 320 2010 32 ATL NL 131 281 38 72 21 1 11 51 33 5 75 3 0 3 4 0 0 .256 .338 .456 .793 73/D5
16 Jon Jay 0.56 323 2010 25 STL NL 105 287 47 86 19 2 4 27 24 0 50 3 8 1 5 2 4 .300 .359 .422 .780 *98/7
17 Coco Crisp 0.46 328 2010 30 OAK AL 75 290 51 81 14 4 8 38 30 0 49 0 3 5 6 32 3 .279 .342 .438 .779 *8/D
18 David Freese 0.35 270 2010 27 STL NL 70 240 28 71 12 1 4 36 21 0 59 4 4 1 7 1 1 .296 .361 .404 .765 *5/3
19 Carlos Beltran 0.34 255 2010 33 NYM NL 64 220 21 56 11 3 7 27 30 5 39 1 0 4 4 3 1 .255 .341 .427 .768 *8
20 Jason Michaels 0.26 203 2010 34 HOU NL 106 186 23 47 14 1 8 26 12 1 29 4 0 1 3 0 0 .253 .310 .468 .778 78/9D
21 Miguel Cairo 0.25 226 2010 36 CIN NL 91 200 30 58 12 0 4 28 17 0 30 4 2 3 4 4 0 .290 .353 .410 .763 53/4D69
22 Shelley Duncan 0.18 259 2010 30 CLE AL 85 229 29 53 10 0 11 36 26 2 76 3 0 1 4 1 0 .231 .317 .419 .736 7D/93
23 Brian Roberts 0.18 261 2010 32 BAL AL 59 230 28 64 14 0 4 15 26 1 40 2 1 2 2 12 2 .278 .354 .391 .745 *4
24 Will Rhymes 0.17 213 2010 27 DET AL 54 191 30 58 12 3 1 19 14 0 16 0 7 1 1 0 3 .304 .350 .414 .763 *4
25 Nick Hundley 0.15 307 2010 26 SDP NL 85 273 33 68 18 2 8 43 25 0 66 1 2 6 8 0 5 .249 .308 .418 .726 *2
26 Jason Giambi 0.15 222 2010 39 COL NL 87 176 17 43 9 0 6 35 35 5 47 6 0 5 5 2 0 .244 .378 .398 .776 3/D
27 Travis Snider 0.14 319 2010 22 TOR AL 82 298 36 76 20 0 14 32 21 2 79 0 0 0 3 6 3 .255 .304 .463 .767 *79
28 Miguel Montero 0.11 331 2010 26 ARI NL 85 297 36 79 20 2 9 43 29 3 71 2 0 3 10 0 1 .266 .332 .438 .770 *2/D
29 Chris Heisey 0.08 226 2010 25 CIN NL 97 201 33 51 10 1 8 21 16 1 57 6 1 2 3 1 2 .254 .324 .433 .757 798
30 Gregor Blanco 0.04 269 2010 26 TOT ML 85 237 31 67 9 4 1 14 29 1 50 0 2 1 5 11 4 .283 .360 .367 .727 *8/79
31 Carlos Guillen 0.04 275 2010 34 DET AL 68 253 26 69 17 1 6 34 21 2 41 0 0 1 10 1 2 .273 .327 .419 .746 *4D/7
32 Josh Thole 0.01 227 2010 23 NYM NL 73 202 17 56 7 1 3 17 24 1 25 1 0 0 8 1 0 .277 .357 .366 .723 *2
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Generated 11/11/2010.

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Obviously, injuries came into play for some of these guys. In terms of such players per team, here's a somewhat similar breakdown:

Rk Year Tm Lg #Matching  
1 2010 Cincinnati Reds NL 3 Miguel Cairo / Ryan Hanigan / Chris Heisey
2 2010 Minnesota Twins AL 3 Justin Morneau / Jim Thome / Danny Valencia
3 2010 San Diego Padres NL 3 Chris Denorfia / Nick Hundley / Miguel Tejada
4 2010 St. Louis Cardinals NL 3 David Freese / Jon Jay / Ryan Ludwick
5 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks NL 2 Miguel Montero / Chris Snyder
6 2010 Cleveland Indians AL 2 Shelley Duncan / Austin Kearns
7 2010 Detroit Tigers AL 2 Carlos Guillen / Will Rhymes
8 2010 Los Angeles Dodgers NL 2 Blake DeWitt / Manny Ramirez
9 2010 New York Mets NL 2 Carlos Beltran / Josh Thole
10 2010 Toronto Blue Jays AL 2 Alex Gonzalez / Travis Snider
11 2010 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim AL 1 Kendry Morales
12 2010 Atlanta Braves NL 1 Eric Hinske
13 2010 Baltimore Orioles AL 1 Brian Roberts
14 2010 Chicago White Sox AL 1 Andruw Jones
15 2010 Colorado Rockies NL 1 Jason Giambi
16 2010 Florida Marlins NL 1 Logan Morrison
17 2010 Houston Astros NL 1 Jason Michaels
18 2010 Kansas City Royals AL 1 Wilson Betemit
19 2010 Milwaukee Brewers NL 1 Jim Edmonds
20 2010 New York Yankees AL 1 Marcus Thames
21 2010 Oakland Athletics AL 1 Coco Crisp
22 2010 Seattle Mariners AL 1 Russell Branyan
23 2010 San Francisco Giants NL 1 Pat Burrell
24 2010 Tampa Bay Rays AL 1 Matthew Joyce
25 2010 Washington Nationals NL 1 Mike Morse
26 2010 Boston Red Sox AL 0  
27 2010 Chicago Cubs NL 0  
28 2010 Philadelphia Phillies NL 0  
29 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 0  
30 2010 Texas Rangers AL 0  
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Generated 11/11/2010.

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What does this all mean? Maybe something, maybe nothing? Maybe it shows us which teams had a lot of good part-time players? Maybe it shows us which teams had a lot of regulars who never missed games and didn't allow their bench players to get a lot of PA? Maybe it shows us which teams had good players not get all the playing time one would expect from a player playing well? Or, maybe it shows us that I was bored today and tried to kill some time with an off-the-wall query?

You tell me - see anything in these stats that catches your eye?

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17 Responses to “2010 Productive But Not Full-Time Batters”

  1. Edmonds and Ramirez had positive batting wins with both of the teams they played for, although they did not have many plate appearances for their other team. Including them on both lists would give the Reds four players and the ChiSox two.

  2. Who invents these silly stastics?

  3. Alicia,

    This may not be readily apparent to someone who is new to the site, but this is a baseball blog which is primarily focused on statistics. If you expect to find a different type of content here, then you are going to be disappointed. Fortunately there are at least 3 other sites on the internet devoted to baseball discussion.

  4. Sorry, I thought this was a reference page for current and historical records.

    As my p-chem professor once said, you can use statistics to prove any point you want to make.

  5. So what's the fewest PA ever by a league-leader in batting wins?

  6. Kendry Morales ranked 5th in batting wins for the Angels despite having <200 ABs. Tells a story.

  7. DoubleDiamond Says:

    I'll tell you what catches my eye - the Phillies had several players who missed time with injuries and had no one on this list! This means that:

    1. The injured players didn't do well when they were healthy.

    2. The fill-ins weren't that great.

  8. John DiFool Says:

    Jed Lowrie just missed your cutoff by 3 PA-and had 1.7 offensive wins.

  9. DD @7:

    3. The Phillies had 0 players fall within the 200-350 PA range that Steve specified.

    They were the only team this season to not have any batters fall within this range.

  10. @2/@4... I'm not sure I get it... I agree that some stats are useless or can be made to show what whatever the poster wants them to... but I don't see anything wrong with this. It's a pretty straightforward and pretty good post...

  11. To answer my own question (@5), and restricting to seasons when teams played 150+ games, it looks like the man I want is Rogers Hornsby. In 1923, he played only 107 games, got only 487 PA, still led the NL in batting wins, with 5.2.

  12. The first table has 32 names, the 2nd 39. Are these all guys like Burrell who qualified with SF but would not with TB or with the 2 combined? (Too many PAs).

  13. This is the "Frank Catalanatto" statistic. You look at a guy's batting average, see that he hit .327 or so, while averaging 3 ABs per game for 125 games, and you think to yourself.... what if I batted this guy 500 times a year? Next thing you know, you're Texas/Toronto, etc. and you've signed him for 4 years, times a ridiculous amount. It's Billy Beane ball, for those who don't know what that means

  14. p.s. Alicia

    you're not alone.

  15. Slightly off the topic, but how did Vlad Guerrero win comeback player of the year. He wasn't that bad last year. Only played 100 games, but everything else was on the same pace as this year.

  16. Thome should've been a full time player the whole year, and I was shocked the White Sox didn't think so either. Sometimes a player hits age 39, misses a few games, and gets written off prematurely.

  17. Also, it looks like Miguel Cairo has a good season in him about once every 6 years.