Unproductively Productive Hitters

Why not? Here’s a list of players with batting averages over .280 and OPS+ under 100.

Player		Team	AVG	OBP	SLG	OPS	OPS+
#Erick	Aybar	LAA	0.298	0.311	0.397	0.708	94
Yadier	Molina	STL	0.296	0.354	0.400	0.754	99
Jason	Kendall	MIL	0.293	0.376	0.379	0.755	99
#Randy	Winn	SFG	0.287	0.326	0.364	0.690	82
*Adam	Kennedy	STL	0.287	0.342	0.337	0.679	81
Billy	Butler	KCR	0.286	0.351	0.368	0.719	97
Julio	Lugo	BOS	0.285	0.348	0.341	0.689	87
*Juan	Pierre	LAD	0.281	0.360	0.326	0.686	80
*Left-handed
#Switch-hitter
Minimum 100 plate appearances

2 Responses “Unproductively Productive Hitters”

  1. Sal Paradise says:

    Yadier Molina and Jason Kendall should both get a big pass for being above average at their position (Park Factors Excluded).

    Catchers are a group at .266/.333/.396 for the season, for an OPS of .729.

    OPS+ is a statistic that has its flaws in situations like this. Stating that a player is unproductive while producing better than average at their position seems off to me.

  2. Andrew says:

    Surprised to see Billy Butler on that list. Everyone else seems to make sense.