Originally posted on U.S.S. Mariner  |  Last updated 12/1/11
In talking with folks about the 2012 roster, it seems evident that a lot more people are comfortable playing Mike Carp regularly next year than there are folks who would be okay seeing Casper Wells get a majority of the playing time in left field. This strikes me as weird, because, well, just look at their career numbers in the big leagues: Name PA BB% K% ISO BABIP AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ Casper Wells 340 7.1% 26.5% 0.208 0.325 0.263 0.330 0.471 0.346 116 Mike Carp 419 7.4% 23.6% 0.171 0.336 0.273 0.334 0.444 0.338 114 Wells and Carp have both essentially racked up a little over half a season of playing time in the Majors. In that time, they’ve posted remarkably similar batting lines and showed essentially the same offensive skillset. There’s really nothing to distinguish one from the other at the plate – they’re essentially equals in nearly every meaningful metric you can think of. Walk rate, strikeout rate, isolated slugging, swing rate, contact rate, swinging strike rate, batti...
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