Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/8/14
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If I had one word to describe Ben Zobrist it would be patient. Now, I don’t know him personally so he could be the most hot-headed man on the planet, but at the plate he is cool as a cucumber.His 37.4% swing rate was tied for second lowest with Kevin Youkilis (Joe Mauer was first with 35.4%), but Zobrist didn’t swing for good reason; he walked 14.5% of the time. Not surprisingly, his swing percentage on pitches outside the strike zone was 10th-best in the majors at 23.0%.This patience makes him a great fit for the third slot in the Rays’ lineup and he’s coming off his second-best offensive season in his career. Last year, when he did swing his bat he hit the ball hard as he posted a career-high 21.8% line drive rate. His .270 batting average doesn’t reflect this stat and that is evidenced by his .296 xBA.At a GlanceStrengths: R, RBI, HR/SB, BB, K, OBPNeutral: BA, SLGWeaknesses: NonePlayer ComparisonBest-case scenario: Chase Headley (SD)Likely scenario: Yoenis Cespedes (OAK), Shin-So...
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