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True .300 Hitters

The research of Ron Shandler and Co. says:

The .300 hitters most often come from the group with a minimum 86% contact and 11% walk rate.

Let's loosen those thresholds to 84% and 9% and see who reached 'em in '07 (minimum 300 plate appearances).  Turns out that 14 of the 30 players found hit .290 or better in '07.

NAME CR BB% AVG
Magglio Ordonez 86.7% 11.3% 0.363
Chipper Jones 85.4% 13.8% 0.337
Albert Pujols 89.7% 14.9% 0.327
Vladimir Guerrero 89.2% 11.0% 0.324
Todd Helton 86.7% 17.2% 0.320
Jose Vidro 89.6% 10.3% 0.314
Scott Hatteberg 90.3% 12.0% 0.310
Kenny Lofton 91.2% 11.0% 0.303
Jeff Kent 87.7% 10.3% 0.302
Victor Martinez 86.5% 9.9% 0.301
Garrett Atkins 84.1% 10.0% 0.301
Casey Kotchman 90.3% 10.7% 0.296
Joe Mauer 87.2% 12.3% 0.292
Brian Roberts 84.1% 12.5% 0.290
Mike Lamb 85.5% 10.4% 0.289
Hideki Matsui 86.7% 11.8% 0.285
Josh Bard 85.1% 11.4% 0.285
Conor Jackson 88.0% 11.3% 0.284
Andre Ethier 84.8% 9.3% 0.284
Jose Reyes 88.5% 10.2% 0.280
Luis Gonzalez 87.9% 10.8% 0.278
Barry Bonds 84.1% 28.0% 0.276
Brian Giles 87.4% 11.7% 0.271
Justin Morneau 84.6% 9.8% 0.271
Johnny Damon 85.2% 11.0% 0.270
Gary Sheffield 85.6% 14.5% 0.265
Marco Scutaro 88.2% 9.4% 0.260
David DeJesus 86.3% 9.6% 0.260
Carlos Ruiz 86.9% 10.1% 0.259
Brian Schneider 86.3% 12.1% 0.235

  • Of course the intriguing guys are the ones at the bottom!  DeJesus seems likely to bounce back to the .290 range. 
  • Ruiz I have at .271-11-56-50-5, a solid $7.67 value.  A .290 average could add a good three bucks to his value though.
  • I have Morneau hitting .281, making him worth $13.19.  A .300 average makes him a $17 player.



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