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Fantasy Baseball: NL 2nd Half Batting Eye Leaders

Here's a slightly different stat to look at when reviewing hitters prior to your 2010 drafts: batting eye. I used a similar calculation that I used to rank pitchers by Command ratio. Here I used K-BB for hitters.

Let's take a look:

Player AB R H HR RBI BB KO BA OBP SLG K-BB
Helton, Todd 1B COL 134 17 44 2 12 25 10 0.328 0.431 0.455 -15
Cantu, Jorge 3B FLA 129 14 34 3 18 19 9 0.264 0.356 0.380 -10
Gonzalez, Adrian 1B SD 133 23 42 10 23 29 20 0.316 0.433 0.624 -9
Johnson, Nick 1B FLA 88 14 24 1 12 27 21 0.273 0.445 0.364 -6
Pujols, Albert 1B STL 140 26 38 8 22 23 19 0.271 0.389 0.514 -4
Berkman, Lance 1B HOU 48 11 15 0 5 16 12 0.313 0.484 0.479 -4
Ruiz, Carlos C PHI 95 15 21 5 14 12 8 0.221 0.318 0.442 -4
Molina, Yadier C STL 114 13 36 0 13 13 10 0.316 0.395 0.368 -3
Victorino, Shane CF PHI 135 26 43 3 13 16 15 0.319 0.407 0.511 -1
Lee, Carlos N. LF HOU 145 20 46 8 31 12 11 0.317 0.370 0.566 -1
McCutchen, Andrew OF PIT 132 27 38 6 15 21 22 0.288 0.378 0.508 1
Zimmerman, Ryan 3B WAS 139 35 45 12 34 21 22 0.324 0.410 0.655 1
Wright, David 3B NYM 104 19 34 3 12 18 19 0.327 0.427 0.490 1
Castillo, Luis 2B NYM 122 27 48 1 16 17 18 0.393 0.468 0.451 1
Loney, James 1B LA 129 11 34 0 19 16 17 0.264 0.345 0.318 1
Church, Ryan RF ATL 88 18 25 2 16 14 15 0.284 0.382 0.466 1
Jones, Chipper 3B ATL 121 21 31 6 15 25 27 0.256 0.376 0.438 2
LaRoche, Andy 3B PIT 115 9 24 2 10 14 16 0.209 0.300 0.322 2
Escobar, Yunel SS ATL 125 22 40 5 18 14 16 0.320 0.397 0.480 2
Roberts, Ryan 3B ARI 96 12 33 5 12 13 15 0.344 0.422 0.573 2




In this chart, if a batter's K-BB is negative, it means he is walking more than he is striking out, which is very valuable when trying to determine if a player should/could get more playing time this year and next.

A couple that stuck out for me were Jorge Cantu, Andrew McCutchen and Andy Laroche. Cantu's performance at the plate this year has been a little disappointing, especially in the power categories. But one thing the Marlins are focusing on is hitters who don't strike out alot, so Cantu should be starting again next season as long as he isn't dealt.

McCutchen has impressed at the plate and on the basepaths since getting the call back in June. He's a keeper for next year, and I could see a 15-30 season from him very easily in 2010, and that's a conservative estimate.

Laroche has also been a disappointment this year. He will be hard pressed to keep his 3B job, but he could get moved over to 2B in 2010, with Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez ready or almost ready for major league duty next year. Laroche played a little 2B in AAA while playing for the Dodgers. I could see a 15-60 season for him should he slide over to 2B IN 2010.