Monday, December 22, 2014

Catching Up With Chooch

Catching Up With Chooch

Catching Up With Chooch

Although he won’t be getting on base until at least April 28, it’s a pretty good bet that Carlos Ruiz will do so quite frequently once he returns to real games. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Although he won’t be getting on base until at least April 28, it’s a pretty good bet that Carlos Ruiz will do so quite frequently once he returns to real games. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Although he won’t be getting on base until at least April 28 (due to his 25-game suspension for using Adderall, a banned substance), it’s a pretty good bet that Carlos Ruiz will do so quite frequently once he returns to real games. In the meantime, the Panama native will have to make do with rounding the bases in the Florida sun of the Grapefruit League.

Over the last three seasons, Ruiz has the seventh highest on-base percentage (. 388) among the 162 major league players with at least 1,300 plate appearances.

And only two of the six players above him in OBA (Joey Votto and Miguel Cabrera) have both a higher batting average and a higher slugging percentage than the Phillies’ catcher (. 303 and .454).

 OBP LEADERS 2010-12 (Min.: 1300 PA)
 
 Player
 On-Base
 Pct.
 Plate
 App.
 Bat.
 Avg.
 Slg.
 Pct.
 Joey Votto   .424  1842   .321   .564 
 Miguel Cabrera   .420  2033  .334  .604
 Prince Fielder   .409  2096  .291  .521
 Jose Bautista   .400  1737  .271  .593
 Joe Mauer   .399  1558  .315  .437
 David Ortiz   .391  1594  .296  .558
 Carlos Ruiz   .388  1326  .303  .454
 Matt Holliday   .385  1879  .302  .517
 Ryan Braun   .384  1991  .318  .563
 Paul Konerko   .384  1868  .304  .530
 Adrian Gonzalez   .382  2092  .312  .507
 Shin-Soo Choo   .378  1690  .284  .446
 Andrew McCutcheon   .376  2004  .291  .487
 Albert Pujols   .375  2021  .298  .550
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