Re: Exploratory thread: How does JD Drew compare with other #8 hitters around the league?
posted at 6/14/2011 1:21 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Exploratory thread: How does JD Drew compare with other #8 hitters around the league?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Exploratory thread: How does JD Drew compare with other #8 hitters around the league? : Thank you for the numbers, JB-3. Finally, someone who gets the point of this thread. I didn't realize that his numbers were worse at the 8th spot compared to other spots in the lineup. What I also wanted to get at were what the numbers were like for a typical #8 hitter in the AL taking into consideration Drew's numbers as a whole this season.
Posted by Sheriff-Rojas[/QUOTE]
I figured I'd try to bring us back on topic.
Let me know if this is what you're looking for....
Drew's 2011 numbers: .227/.330/.337 for a .667 OPS in 191 PA's. He has 41 K's to 24 BB"s.
Among players with 100+ PA's in the 8 spot, Drew's .667 OPS would be good for 9th in MLB (out of 15 players including Drew). Or 17th out of 28 players with a minimum of 75 PA's in the 8 spot.
The argument could be made that a #8 hitter in the NL more closely resembles a #9 hitter in the AL, so here is the ranking for #8 hitters in the AL with 75+ PA's:
8 out of 12.
If NL #8 hitters are AL #9's, then it follows that NL #7's would be closer to AL #8's.
Compared to NL #7 hitters, Drew would rank 9 out of 11.
Combining NL #7's and AL #8's, Drew comes in at 16 out of 22. That's based on Drew's season OPS, not just when he's been hitting in the 8 spot, where he has struggled even more.
Drew's .608 OPS in the 8 spot would rank 10 out of 11 for NL #7's and 10 out of 12 for AL #8's, good for 19 out of 22 overall.
In conclusion, he needs to step it up. This looks like the most likely position for a change the next time this team is going through a rough patch.