Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 11/12/12
When you go to the FanGraphs leaderboards, the first group of players that comes up are the “qualified” players. For position players, at the end of the season, that equates to the players who had 502 or more plate appearances. This year, there were 143 such position players. But there are plenty of players vital to teams that don’t show up on among qualified players. Whether you call them platoon players, role players or simply part-time players, they almost always find themselves out of the limelight. Today, let’s take a look at the ten best part-time players of the 2012 season. We’ve already defined these players as those with less than 500 PA. But we need to go a little further. There are plenty of regular players who didn’t reach 500 PA, but were most certainly not part-time players. Guys like Joey Votto and Matt Kemp would have easily reached 500 PA had they been healthy. There are also players who didn’t reach 500 PA, but started more than 100 games — guys like Ryan Ludwick, Todd
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