Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist had a day he will never forget on Thursday. In the first game of the day-night double header yesterday, Zobrist went 4-6 with 2 runs scored, 2 doubles, a HR and 8 RBIs. In the second game, he continued his onslaught where he went 3-4 with a HR, 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs, for a two game total of 7-9, 2 HRs, 3 doubles, 5 runs scored and 10 RBIs. Wow.
Back in 2009, Zobrist built upon a solid rookie season, but hitting .297-.405-.543 with 27 HRs, 91 RBIs, 91 runs scored and 17 SBs. In addition, he had a 21% K rate and a 15% walk rate. In 2008, his rookie season, he hit .253-.339-.505 with 12 HRs, 30 RBIs, 32 runs scored and 3 SBs in 198 at bats. So, he did not come out of nowhere in 2009, but I don't think anyone expected him to hit as well as he did.
Going into 2010 fantasy drafts, Zobrist was called the "mini-Utley. But, he failed to meet the expectations of fantasy owners, as he "slumped" to hit .238-.346-.353 with 10 HRs, 75 RBIs, 77 runs scored and 24 SBs. He maintained his K rate at around 20% and his walk rate dropped slightly from 15% to 14%. But, looking back, his drop in power was a result of his drop in HR/FB% from 17% in 2008 and 2009, to just 6% in 2010. He increased his SB totals, but his RBIs and runs scored dropped by about 15 runs.
So far this season, he is hitting .250-.307-.587 with 7 HRs, 25 RBIs and 3 SBs. As a fellow league owner told me, Zobrist is making up for last year. And here is ESPN's Buster Olney on Zobrist:
Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
Rays say that Zobrist has made an adjustment to all the off-speed pitches he's been getting;
lots of damage today against changeups.
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