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May 10, 2010

BTB on Alex Rios

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 10, 2010 7:07 pm


Rios’ line is up to .324/.361/.604 on the year. … he’s posting easily the best contact rates of his career, and he’s maintained a walk rate near his 6% career mark. But his power is back (6 HR, 1 3B, 11 2B in 29 games) and he appears to have made some legitimate adjustments at the plate. He’s swinging and missing significantly less even though he’s swinging more often than before, reflecting a distinctly different approach than the one we saw last fall. He’s taking very few first-pitch strikes, his 46% mark is the third-lowest in the majors. He’s hitting the ball into the air more often again after hitting the ball on the ground 43% of the time last season, that mark is down to 35% of the time this year. Oh, and he’s already stolen 9 bases this season, which makes him one of game’s more interesting power-speed players. ZiPS now projects Rios to finish the year with a .364 wOBA, about 18 runs above average per 600 plate appearances. And like with Byrd, his limited defensive numbers have been quite good this year, with +4 marks in both UZR and DRS. He’s been good for 1.8 fWAR, easily the best on the team.

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