Here’s a Thought: Examining Ryan Sweeney

Posted: 9th October 2009 by Nathaniel Stoltz in MLB
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In my last article, I evaluated one speedy Oakland center fielder,áRajaiáDavis. Now, I'll look at the other one, Ryan Sweeney. á STATISTICAL EVALUATION: Sweeney has performed similarly the last two years, hitting .286/.350/.383 in 2008 and .293/.348/.407 in 2009. Sweeney puts the bat on the ball on 88.6 percent of his swings, well above the 80.5 percent league average, so it's not surprising that he posts strong batting averages.á Sweeney hits a good amount of line drives, with a 23.7áLD percentage this season. HisáBABIPsare consistently high as a result (.325 career, .331 this year)ùwith average luck this year, he likely would have hit .300. HisáBABIPáthis year actually should have been in the .360 range, but bad luck pushed it down to .331. Sweeney's BB/K ratio is fine (.6), but ...

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