Chris Iannetta is hitting .188 this year, but it’s probably the most productive .188 in franchise history. Anyone that thinks Iannetta is having a bad season hasn’t been paying attention. His first month has been a lesson on the futility of batting average.
First and foremost, Iannetta has been walking like a mad man. His current base on balls percentage is almost 10% higher than his previous career high. In eighty-five plate appearances, he has just twelve hits, but he has nineteen walks. He has a .388 OBP, almost matching his career high .390 OBP from 2008. However, he hit .264 that year, almost 100 points higher than his batting average now.
Iannetta is making his hits count. Of his twelve knocks this year, eight have been for extra bases, including four homeruns. His .453 slugging percentage is remarkable for such a low batting average. Also, his wRC+ is currently tied with his previous career best.
Right now, Iannetta has a .841 OPS. That is well above the league average for all position players and is considered outstanding for a catcher. Last year, the league average OPS for catchers was .686. To further put that in prospective, Joe Mauer had a .871 OPS last year.
Coming into this season, Iannetta was one of the Rox biggest question marks. So far, he’s been better than expected. In fact, he’s actually been one of the best catchers in baseball, trailing only the Yankees’ Russell Martin in overall WAR. That’s right. Our buck-eighty-eight hitting catcher is currently the second most valuable signal caller in baseball. Go figure.
Reportedly, San Francisco is interested in the Mets’ Jose Reyes. Let me just say this: I don’t want Jose Reyes playing for the Giants.
The Dodgers embattled owner, Frank McCourt, is going to take his fight with MLB to court. This is interesting. He’s going to sue MLB even though they’ll be taking care of his payroll this month. Everyone says that this Dodgers mess is bad for baseball. Personally, I can’t get enough of it.
Steve Rushin talks about the importance of athletes turning 44. Interesting piece.
Jon Heyman writes that Albert Pujols will likely stay a Cardinal. I’m betting this has more to do with their hot start than anything.
The SweetSpot takes a look at Greinke’s first start with the Brewers. I linked this article because the Brewers could be a contender this year.