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Emerging Young Hitters Since the ASG

Eight big league batters have posted a .450 On-Base Percentage since the 2013 all-star game. To little surprise we have Mike Trout, Yasiel Puig and Joey Votto among the elite hitters.

There are more interesting names among the leaders.  Of course this is a small sample size (3 weeks of games), but I want to give Astros, Mets and Cubs fans something to be happy about.

Rk

Tm

G

H

BB

BA

OBP ▾

SLG

1

Mike Trout

Los Angeles

21

26

22

.382

.543

.647

2

Wil Myers

Tampa Bay

16

25

10

.431

.507

.741

3

Jayson Werth

Washington

20

24

12

.393

.500

.705

4

Ike Davis

New York

20

17

17

.327

.493

.538

5

Yasiel Puig

Los Angeles

19

26

13

.356

.472

.575

6

Joey Votto

Cincinnati

20

25

15

.362

.471

.565

7

Welington Castillo

Chicago

17

16

12

.327

.468

.449

8

Robbie Grossman

Houston

11

17

4

.415

.467

.707

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/10/2013.
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more tidbits on Ike is nice #Davis

Following up the Ike Davis 2nd half All-Star post, here are a few more nuggets on the Mets young first baseman.

  • During 2012 Ike was the leading power hitter in all of baseball away from their home park (.305 ISO).
  • The 2nd best power hitter in the NL away from home was fellow 2nd half All-Star Buster Posey (.256 ISO).
  • While his walk-to-strikeout rate is poor against lefties and righties, Davis should be very happy that God made him left-handed.  His power bat feasted vs. right-handed pitching to the tune of .270 ISO (4th best in NL).
  • Despite his lower Hits/Balls In Play rate (only 25%) the overall power stroke improved by 33% from his other full season (2010).
  • WAR is not the biggest fan of Davis.  Due to the poor fielding, base-running, H/BIP and K% scores Ike really is a one-trick pony.  The 1.6 WAR ranked Davis 8th out of NL 1B in 2012.  Assuming his offense remains steady and his fielding improves to rookie year standards (+10 runs) Davis would bump his ranking to 3 slots to 5th on the 2013 list.

How much is a +3 WAR first baseman worth?  Here are select 2012 salaries for comparison:

Fortunately for ownership Davis doesn’t reach free-agency until age 30 at which point his peak should be behind him.  It will be very interesting to see how much he’s awarded in his first year of arbitration this off-season.

Stats thanks to FanGraphs

Ike is Nice #AllStar

Not only is Ike Davis the NL first baseman for the 2nd half All-Stars, he has to be the in-season comeback player of the year.

In the last 66 games Ike is on a 45 HR pace (550 ABs).  He’s posted a .230 ISO Power each of the last 4 months (versus .125 the first two months).  Just imagine if the season was played in reverse order (game 162 first, game 1 last).  Davis would be spoken about like the next Fred McGriff.

So what’s happened to the 25 year old lefty bopper?  Doubles into long balls…

1st half – 14 2B, 12 HR

2nd half – 9 2B, 18 HR