Originally posted on Baseball Musings  |  Last updated 11/8/11
Ramon Hernandez of the Reds continues to produce value for the Reds despite declining power. Photo: Icon SMI Ramon Hernandez catches for the Cincinnati Reds. Ramon provides a good example of the stages of the career of a hitter. Ramon Hernandez Season Ages On-Base Pct Slugging Pct 23-26 .318 .380 27-30 .335 .452 31-35 .334 .411 Hernandez’s peak came a little later than most, not establishing himself as a good hitter until his age 27 season. During his peak, his power was outstanding for a catcher. While he lost his long ball ability since, he manages to get on base decently for a lower order hitter. One other thing that came with age appears to be a better throwing arm. In each of his years with Cincinnati, Hernandez threw out over 1/3 of the runners trying to steal against him. That may be experience, or it may be that the Reds staff does a good job of holding runners, or the coaching staff does a good job of calling pitch outs. Ramon delivers solid offense and defense for h...
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