Continuing our look at power hitters in the National League, I discuss the 2009 NL 30-100 hitters. That means the hitter hit 30 HRs and drove in 100 runs in 2009.
Here's the list of power hitters, including a few guys who missed 100 RBI by 1 RBI:
|Pujols, Albert 1B STL||568||124||186||47||135||115||64||16||0.328||0.443||0.659|
|Fielder, Prince 1B MIL||591||103||177||46||141||110||138||2||0.300||0.412||0.602|
|Howard, Ryan 1B PHI||616||105||172||45||141||75||186||8||0.279||0.360||0.571|
|Reynolds, Mark 3B ARI||578||98||150||44||102||76||223||24||0.260||0.349||0.543|
|Gonzalez, Adrian 1B SD||552||90||153||40||99||119||109||1||0.277||0.407||0.551|
|Dunn, Adam LF WAS||546||81||146||38||105||116||177||0||0.267||0.398||0.529|
|Werth, Jayson RF PHI||571||98||153||36||99||91||156||20||0.268||0.373||0.506|
|Lee, Derrek 1B CHC||532||91||163||35||111||76||109||1||0.306||0.394||0.579|
|Zimmerman, Ryan 3B WAS||610||110||178||33||106||72||119||2||0.292||0.364||0.525|
|Braun, Ryan J. LF MIL||635||113||203||32||114||57||121||20||0.320||0.386||0.551|
|Ethier, Andre RF LA||596||92||162||31||106||72||116||6||0.272||0.361||0.508|
There were no real surprises on the list above except for maybe the Dodgers Andre Ethier. He has shown growth in his power numbers in each of his 4 seasons in the majors. I am not sure if he can improve upon his solid 2009 campaign, but judging by how he hit last night at Busch Stadium, I have to think he will continue to be a solid contributor in the HR category.
Another semi-surprise on this list is the Cubs Derrek Lee who I mentioned in a previous article that many roto owners were accepting the fact that he was not a 30 HR hitter anymore. Lee proved many wrong in 2009.
Is it me or does the NL have more legitimate power hitters than the AL? The NL had five hitters who hit 40 or more HRs in 2009.