With Tuesday Night's 16 strikeout performance by REDS' hitters, it made me wonder how good are the REDS at seeing the ball.
So, here are the REDS' rankings of players that qualify as starters around the both leagues on their Walk-to-Strikeout ratio.
Junior is having a tremendous season...clearly an All-Star season
Again, this is among both league's players that qualify as starters.
The Angels have #3, #5, and #15.
The Tigers have #7, #10, #12, and #21 .
The Cubs have no one in the Top-50.
Junior is 10th! Wait. While I was typing this it got updated with Tuesday's results and the 2 K's by Junior moved him to 14th.
Don't laugh too much at the Cubs. Other than Junior, the REDS don't have anyone in the Top-100.
Cincinnati REDS' hitters have no clue about the strike zone.
EdE is #103.
Dunn and Phillips are tied at #150.
Gonzo is #174.
To put those numbers in perspective, there are only 183 qulifying players, so Gonzo is dead last and Phillips and Dunn are in the bottom 20%.
Dunn sets a bad precedent that it's OK to be horrible at judging the strike zone.
To also put things in perspective, here are the players in the Top-10%:
Ken Griffey, Jr.
That's a great group.
Tony Pena, Jr.
Chris B. Young
This list is comprised mostly of players who are considered struggling or young and learning or at the end of their careers or just bad.
It's not rocket science. Clearly you're a better hitter the closer you are to the walk-more-strikeout-less end of the spectrum.
Where do the rest of the REDS rank if they had enough at-bats to qualify?
Javier Valentin would be #1 (better than Bonds). He's got a good eye, there's no denying that. How many PH HR's does he have as a RED?
Scott Hatteberg would be #6. Any player that came up through the Mariner's organization and got to watch Edgar Martinez hit became a better hitter because of it, including A-Rod. You need to be smart at the plate, and guys who hit .219 for their career with RISP aren't smart at the plate.
Hatteberg is good to have on this team for guys who are willing to learn, but the key is that have to be willing to learn. Dunn is willing, but maybe he's too old to change now. I love the season Dunn has been having, don't get me wrong, but he lacks intelligence at the plate (and in the field). He's clearly not stupid, he just has bad habits.
Jeff Conine would be #38.
Josh Hamilton would be #78.
Are you getting an idea yet how bad Dunn and Phillips are in this area?
Freel would be at #99 right there with EdE.
Hopper would be at #150, tied with Dunn and Phillips. How many players overall, starters and non-starters, are ahead of Hopper, Dunn, and Phillips?....Three-Hundred-and-Thirty-Six...336.
David Ross would be at #180 and Castro's even worse...though he'd also be at #180, his ratio is 0.18 to Ross' 0.22. Kyle Lohse is 0.33.
Chad Moeller is 0.00. He has yet to get a walk.
Keppinger is also at 0.00 as he never walked.
Wise is at 1.00, which would place him at #24.