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June 22, 2006

What's In A Name?

Does Rod Barajas deserve the nickname “Popup?? Per Baseball Prospectus, leaders in percentage of batted balls resulting in a popup (minimum 1.5 plate appearances per game, 302 players qualify)

1. Shane Victorino – 19.6%
2. Marcus Thames – 17.8%
3. Mark Ellis – 16.2%
4. Toby Hall – 16.2%
5. Jerry Hairston – 16.1%
6. Jose Valentin – 15.3%
7. Clint Barmes – 15.2%
8. Rod Barajas – 15.2%

To his credit, Barajas has hit better of late. One decent night will push his OBP over .300 and his slugging percentage over .400, elevating him to Not Bad For A Catcher status. Texas also has 26-year-old backup catcher slugging .568, but that is an apparent irrelevancy.

Posted by Lucas at June 22, 2006 09:36 AM