Andre Ethier is a very solid hitter, who in 2013 will be batting sixth after names such as Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez. Not too shabby right? While the RBI opportunities might be abundant, Ethier still hasn’t been able to shake one major flaw in his game; his inability to hit left-handed pitching.
Over his 7-year career Ethier has compiled a .238/.296/.352 slash with a 21.4 K% and 6.2 BB% in 1111 PAs against lefties (.311/.387/.526, 15.3 K%, 10.8 BB% vs. right-handed pitching). Last year, he was actually moved near the bottom of the order against left-handers to limit his exposure, but thanks to Mike Petriello at FanGraphs we know that Ethier faced a higher percentage of left-handed pitching in 2012 than any other year; this suggests that opposing managers are starting to really expose this weakness.
I don’t see this problem being corrected after 7 years of struggles so you just have to know what you’re getting into before drafting him.
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