Rays Roster Rundown - Ben Zobrist

The real surprise for the Rays in 2009, Ben Zobrist not only was a huge contributor for the Rays last season, he played so well he finished 8th in the MVP voting.

Before 2009, Ben Zobrist had averaged a HR for every 31.8 AB’s.  In 2010, he upped that number to 18.5.  That’s a pretty lofty jump for a hitter.  Not only did he jump his power numbers, he was a surprisingly efficient hitter for a guy who had never topped a .253 batting average in the pros.  He was a very good hitter for contact during most of his time in the minors though, so the hitting for average wasn’t as shocking.   Maybe the most impressive part of what Zobrist did last year was that he managed to put up these numbers while playing 2b, RF, SS, LF, CF, 1b, 3b, and DH.  That means he played every position but C.

Year G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2009 152 599 501 91 149 28 7 27 91 17 6 91 104 .297 .405 .543 .948 146
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/30/2010.

For 2010, it would seem like Ben Zobrist is going to be penciled in at 2b, the position he played the most games at in 2009. He actually hit much better playing just about every other position in 2009, but with Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce and Fernando Perez battling for a RF spot, and a seeming lack of any starting caliber 2b, Zobrist should start the year as our starting 2b.

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
as 1B 2 6 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 .250 .500 1.000 1.500
as 2B 88 344 283 44 74 8 4 11 44 0 0 57 62 .261 .388 .435 .822
as 3B 1 3 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 1.000 1.333
as SS 10 30 25 8 12 5 1 2 5 0 0 5 7 .480 .567 1.000 1.567
as LF 7 15 11 5 6 2 0 3 6 0 0 4 0 .545 .667 1.545 2.212
as CF 7 25 23 4 6 0 0 2 6 0 0 2 4 .261 .320 .522 .842
as RF 51 157 134 23 42 12 1 5 19 0 0 20 29 .313 .395 .530 .925
as DH 1 5 5 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .600 .600 .800 1.400
as PH 14 14 13 3 4 0 0 3 9 0 0 1 0 .308 .357 1.000 1.357
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/30/2010.

Bill James sees a very similar season to 2009 for Zobrist in 2010
G 153
AB 509
PA 593
H 143
2b 28
3b 5
HR 23
RBI 75
BB 84
SO 93
SB 15
AVG .281

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