Hi, my name is Houston Mitchell, and welcome to another edition of
Making the grade
While waiting to see how the Dodgers fill that big hole at second base, let's grade the main Dodgers hitters last season. The stats will be batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage/OPS+. OPS+ takes a player's on-base plus slugging percentage and normalizes the number across the entire league, accounting for ballpark factors (does he play in a pitcher's park or a hitter's park?). An OPS+ of 100 is average. If a player has an OPS+ of 110, then he is 10% better than the league average.
Joc Pederson (.246/.352/.495/129): Like Grandal, Pederson draws a lot of walks and has good power. He will never be the superstar some expected, but he is a good guy to have on your team and is a good center fielder.
Andrew Toles (.314/.365/.505/135): Is he for real? Will the league catch up to him? He hit .462 against the Cubs in the playoffs. Let's hope he can provide some much needed speed in 2017.
Howie Kendrick (.255/.326/.366/90): Never really looked comfortable in left field, but he was no Billy Ashley out there either. Had his worst season ever at the plate. Traded to Philadelphia after the season.
Rob Segedin (.233/.301/.370/83): Had his moments, but he doesn't walk much and at times looked overmatched at the plate.
Trayce Thompson (.225/.302/.436/99): In June and July, Thompson hit .189. Was it because of the back injury that landed him on the disabled list the rest of the season, or because the league figured him out? 2017 will provide the answer.
Enrique Hernandez (.190/.283/.324/66): Hernandez seems like a great guy, but it got annoying seeing him get so many at-bats down the stretch. I hope he rebounds, but if he starts off 2017 slowly, it's time to say goodbye.
Scott Van Slyke (.225/.292/.314/66): Hit poorly, went on DL. 2017 has to be better for him, doesn't it?
Next time, we'll grade the pitchers.
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