Saturday, November 05, 2011

2011 American league Best Hitting Performances (ranked by wOBA)

posted by Jon Williams
This is the first in a series of 2011 performance rankings. The information is taken from fangraphs.com and transferred to excel by me. This list is sorted by wOBA and has a 130 at-bat minimum, so we can see some of the potential breakouts we'll be going after in 2012.

Name Team PA AVG OBP SLG ISO BABIP wOBA
Mike Napoli Rangers 432 0.320 0.414 0.631 0.312 0.344 0.444
Jose Bautista Blue Jays 655 0.302 0.447 0.608 0.306 0.309 0.441
Miguel Cabrera Tigers 688 0.344 0.448 0.586 0.241 0.365 0.436
Brett Lawrie Blue Jays 171 0.293 0.373 0.580 0.287 0.318 0.413
Adrian Gonzalez Red Sox 715 0.338 0.410 0.548 0.21 0.380 0.406
David Ortiz Red Sox 605 0.309 0.398 0.554 0.246 0.321 0.405
Jacoby Ellsbury Red Sox 732 0.321 0.376 0.552 0.23 0.336 0.402
Alejandro De Aza White Sox 171 0.329 0.400 0.520 0.191 0.404 0.401
Curtis Granderson Yankees 691 0.262 0.364 0.552 0.29 0.295 0.394
Paul Konerko White Sox 639 0.300 0.388 0.517 0.217 0.304 0.383
Alex Avila Tigers 551 0.295 0.389 0.506 0.211 0.366 0.383
Alex Gordon Royals 690 0.303 0.376 0.502 0.2 0.358 0.382
Adrian Beltre Rangers 525 0.296 0.331 0.561 0.265 0.273 0.379
Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 731 0.307 0.387 0.474 0.167 0.325 0.377
Robinson Cano Yankees 681 0.302 0.349 0.533 0.231 0.316 0.375
Andruw Jones Yankees 222 0.247 0.356 0.495 0.247 0.296 0.371
Josh Hamilton Rangers 538 0.298 0.346 0.536 0.238 0.317 0.371
Jason Kipnis Indians 150 0.272 0.333 0.507 0.235 0.313 0.371
Ian Kinsler Rangers 723 0.255 0.355 0.477 0.223 0.243 0.37
Michael Young Rangers 689 0.338 0.380 0.474 0.136 0.367 0.369
Victor Martinez Tigers 595 0.330 0.380 0.470 0.141 0.343 0.368
Kevin Youkilis Red Sox 517 0.258 0.373 0.459 0.202 0.296 0.366
Evan Longoria Rays 574 0.244 0.355 0.495 0.251 0.239 0.365
Carlos Quentin White Sox 483 0.254 0.340 0.499 0.245 0.261 0.363
Jim Thome Phillies 324 0.256 0.361 0.477 0.22 0.327 0.362
Brent Lillibridge White Sox 216 0.258 0.340 0.505 0.247 0.310 0.362
Alex Rodriguez Yankees 428 0.276 0.362 0.461 0.185 0.311 0.361
Salvador Perez Royals 158 0.331 0.361 0.473 0.142 0.362 0.361
Desmond Jennings Rays 287 0.259 0.356 0.449 0.19 0.303 0.361
Mark Teixeira Yankees 684 0.248 0.341 0.494 0.246 0.239 0.361
Ben Zobrist Rays 674 0.269 0.353 0.469 0.201 0.310 0.36
Nick Swisher Yankees 635 0.260 0.374 0.449 0.188 0.295 0.358
Matt Joyce Rays 522 0.277 0.347 0.478 0.201 0.317 0.357
Michael Cuddyer Twins 584 0.284 0.346 0.459 0.176 0.312 0.354
Jhonny Peralta Tigers 576 0.299 0.345 0.478 0.179 0.325 0.353
Travis Hafner Indians 368 0.280 0.361 0.449 0.169 0.332 0.353
Nelson Cruz Rangers 513 0.263 0.312 0.509 0.246 0.288 0.352
Casey Kotchman Rays 563 0.306 0.378 0.422 0.116 0.335 0.351
Billy Butler Royals 673 0.291 0.361 0.461 0.169 0.316 0.351
Josh Willingham Athletics 563 0.246 0.332 0.477 0.232 0.287 0.35
Carlos Santana Indians 658 0.239 0.351 0.457 0.217 0.263 0.349
Melky Cabrera Royals 706 0.305 0.339 0.470 0.164 0.332 0.349
Howie Kendrick Angels 583 0.285 0.338 0.464 0.179 0.338 0.349
Mark Reynolds Orioles 620 0.221 0.323 0.483 0.262 0.266 0.348
Brennan Boesch Tigers 472 0.283 0.341 0.458 0.175 0.315 0.346
Jeff Francoeur Royals 656 0.285 0.329 0.476 0.191 0.323 0.346
Shelley Duncan Indians 247 0.260 0.324 0.484 0.224 0.297 0.346
Yunel Escobar Blue Jays 590 0.290 0.369 0.413 0.123 0.316 0.345
Asdrubal Cabrera Indians 667 0.273 0.332 0.460 0.187 0.302 0.345
Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays 530 0.272 0.334 0.453 0.181 0.292 0.344
Marco Scutaro Red Sox 445 0.299 0.358 0.423 0.124 0.312 0.343
J.J. Hardy Orioles 567 0.269 0.310 0.491 0.222 0.273 0.343

Some names from the list that may warrant some further study include:
  • Brett Lawrie - Blue Jays
  • Alejandro De Aza - White Sox
  • Andruw Jones - Yankees
  • Jason Kipnis - Indians
  • Salvador Perez - Royals
  • Desmond Jennings - Rays
  • Brennan Boesch - Tigers
  • Shelly Duncan - Indians

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