Saturday, December 20, 2014

Making The Case for Josh

Josh Hamilton was fifth among major league regulars in home run percentage last season.

Making The Case for Josh

It appears the Phillies are hot in pursuit of Josh Hamilton, and timing couldn´t be more right. (Tony Gutierrez/AP file photo)
It appears the Phillies are hot in pursuit of Josh Hamilton, and timing couldn't be more right. (Tony Gutierrez/AP file photo)

It appears the Phillies are hot in pursuit of Josh Hamilton, and timing couldn't be more right.

Hamilton last year had a home run percentage (HR/AB) of .0765, by far the highest of his career and the fifth-best among all major league players with at least 250 at-bats last season. (By comparison, Darin Ruf in his brief stint with the Phillies, had a HR Pct. of .0909 — HRs in 33 ABs.)

Just for the record, Hamilton's postseason numbers do leave something to be desired: .227 batting average,  .295 on-base percentage, .424 slugging percentage, 6 homers in 34 games, during which his teams were 18-16.

2012 MLB HR PCT. LEADERS (250+AB)
 Player  Team  AB  HR   HR/
 AB
 Slg.
 Pct.
 Giancarlo Stanton   Marlins  449   37  .0824   .608
 Jose Bautista  Blue Jays  332  27  .0813  .527
 Brandon Moss  Athletics  265  21  .0792  .596 
 Edwin Encarnacion      Blue Jays  542  42  .0775  .557 
 Josh Hamilton  Rangers  562  43  .0765  .577
 Adam Dunn  White Sox     539  41  .0761  .468
 Curtis Anderson  Yankees  596  43  .0721  .492
 David Ortiz  Red Sox  324  23  .0710  .611
 Miguel Cabrera  Tigers  622  44  .0707  .606
 Wilin Rosario  Rockies  396  28  .0707  .530
JOSH HAMILTON: YEAR-BY-YEAR
 Season  Team  AB  HR  HR/
 AB
 Slg.
 Pct.
 2007  Reds  298  19  .0638  .554
 2008  Rangers  624  32  .0513  .530
 2009  Rangers  336  10  .0298  .426
 2010  Rangers  518  32  .0618  .633
 2011  Rangers  487  25  .0513  .536
 2012  Rangers  562  43  .0765  .577
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