Re: Middlebrooks is already a top ROY candidate... Is he also making a run at the AS Game?
posted at 5/15/2012 2:50 PM EDT
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[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Middlebrooks is already a top ROY candidate... Is he also This season Middlebrooks has struck out in 11 of his small sample of 45 MLB plate appearances (24.4%) while Granderson has struck out in 39 of 152 plate appearances (25.7%). Granderson's career MLB strikeout rate stands at 22.1 percent. I understand the excitement about Middlebrooks, but his strikeout rate remains concerning. Posted by hill55[/QUOTE] There you go again Ned, raining on anything good for the Sox. As if you can't be a productive hitter and strike out a lot. 2010 - present /> 22% Ks and wRC+ Wright 131 J Upton 122 Willingham 134 Uggla 122 Werth 125 Stanton 130 C Pena 114 Howard 124 BJ Upton 114 Napoli 141 Kemp 143 Granderson 132 Weeks 122 Bruce 123
Posted by tom-uk[/QUOTE]
Tom, thanks for the list.
With the exception of Mike Napoli, those 14 players have one thing in common: each experienced an increase in his strikeout rate in making the transition from minor league baseball to Major League Baseball. Here are their career strikeout rates (minor/major):
17.9/18.6 -- David Wright
19.7/23.9 -- Justin Upton
19.9/20.9 -- Josh Willingham
17.7/22.8 -- Dan Uggla
20.1/24.5 -- Jayson Werth
26.6/28.4 -- Giancarlo Stanton
20.7/26.4 -- Carlos Pena
27.2/27.4 -- Ryan Howard
19.6/24.8 -- B.J. Upton
25.9/24.7 -- Mike Napoli
18.5/23.3 -- Matt Kemp
18.9/22.1 -- Curtis Granderson
18.7/22.8 -- Rickie Weeks
22.6/22.9 -- Jay Bruce
Those 14 players averaged a 2.8 percentage point
increase in their strikeout rates from the minors to the majors. That does not bode well for Will Middlebrooks, who had a minor league strikeout rate of 26.3 percent.
Of course, the Red Sox will be thrilled if Middlebrooks is a slightly older version of Giancarlo Stanton ...
... and I would not be unhappy, either.