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Position OPS by Year: Follow up to Kotch Thread

One of the drums I was beating in the Kotchman thread was that given today's offensive offensive climate and the Trop's ability to swallow power by the gallon, Kotchman's high contact, hit to all fields skill set can provide a unique fit for the Rays.

To the point of the stadium, I mentioned in the comments that opposing first basemen have posted a line of .290/.364/.441 with 5 HR and an ISO of just .151 at the Trop. One might surmise that with the strength of the Rays pitching and defense that would not be entirely unexpected, but on the road opposing first basemen are hitting .314/.402/.562 with 10 HR and an ISO of .251.

As for the offensive climate, power has become a very difficult and therefore pricey commodity to find. Observe the chart below covering each position's OPS for 2009-11. First basemen are OPSing just .782 down from .846 in 2009. The raw data in table format follows.

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2009

2010

2011

C

0.717

0.701

0.694

1B

0.846

0.802

0.782

2B

0.752

0.719

0.698

3B

0.757

0.742

0.688

SS

0.721

0.693

0.695

LF

0.781

0.77

0.721

CF

0.749

0.731

0.742

RF

0.791

0.784

0.774

DH

0.782

0.752

0.741

This post was written by a member of the DRaysBay community and does not necessarily express the views or opinions of DRaysBay staff.

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