25 Nuggets Posted December 14, 2014 Share Posted December 14, 2014 One of the things we all want is an improvement at the lead off position. Right now we're looking squarely at Alejandro De Aza. Here are his stats: Career/162 - 623 PA, .268/.330/.403, 150 hits, 29 2B, 7 3B, 11 HR, 23 SB, 10 CS Orioles 2014 - 89 PA, .293/.341/.537, 24 hits, 5 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 2 SB, 3 CS I guess that doesn't look all too hot, though the Oriole numbers look more like a #3 hitter. How would a career average season have compared with the lead off hitters of the AL in 2014? AL 2014 - 11294 PA, .268/.326/.392, 2754 hits, 521 2B, 93 3B, 187 HR, 339 SB, 112 CS A .326 OBP is lower than I expected. De Aza compares favorably to this league-average lead off hitter. His rate stats are a tick better, his triple rate is significantly better (1.12% to 0.82%) and his SB ratio is worse (70.0% to 75.2%). Now, if De Aza can continue to hit well as an Oriole for whatever reason, he would be an above-average lead off man. There won't be much of an opportunity to improve on that. So considering the options available, I would be fine with the team nabbing a #5 hitter and giving De Aza a shot. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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