Posted by Andy on December 31, 2010
Over the last 30 seasons, only 17 players have had at least two years in which they had and OPS+ of 100 or better while batting no higher than .230:
|1||Rob Deer||4||1984||1996||23-35||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Russell Branyan||3||2002||2006||26-30||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Gary Roenicke||3||1984||1987||29-32||Ind. Seasons|
|4||Carlos Pena||2||2009||2010||31-32||Ind. Seasons|
|5||Andruw Jones||2||2009||2010||32-33||Ind. Seasons|
|6||Jay Buhner||2||1999||2001||34-36||Ind. Seasons|
|7||Kevin Roberson||2||1995||1996||27-28||Ind. Seasons|
|8||Greg Vaughn||2||1992||2003||26-37||Ind. Seasons|
|9||Dean Palmer||2||1992||2001||23-32||Ind. Seasons|
|10||Jerry Willard||2||1991||1994||31-34||Ind. Seasons|
|11||Mark McGwire||2||1991||2001||27-37||Ind. Seasons|
|12||Mickey Tettleton||2||1986||1990||25-29||Ind. Seasons|
|13||Ron Kittle||2||1984||1985||26-27||Ind. Seasons|
|14||Greg Brock||2||1983||1984||26-27||Ind. Seasons|
|15||Darrell Porter||2||1981||1985||29-33||Ind. Seasons|
|16||Jerry Manuel||2||1981||1982||27-28||Ind. Seasons|
|17||Tom Brunansky||2||1981||1983||20-22||Ind. Seasons|
Andruw Jones and Carlos Pena both joined the club this past year. This list is comprised of a lot of familiar names of guys who were mashers but didn't get on base a lot otherwise.
A couple of surprising names stick out, though. Jerry Willard makes it by virtue of having very few plate appearances in the seasons in question, totaling just 20 times at the plate in 1991 and 1994. One home run each season put his OPS+ over 100.
Gary Roenicke is also a surprise, and in his case it's a bunch of walks that helped him make the list. His OBP was about 120-130 points higher than his BA in his 3 seasons that make this list, pushing his OPS+ over 100.