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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Placido PolancoPosted by John Burnson at 1:47pm
Yesterday, Detroit 2B Placido Polanco went 1-for-5, lowering his average on the season to .260.
From 2006-08, Polanco batted .316. Not unexpectedly given the drop in BA, Polanco's LD% this year is down, to 17.6%, from an aggregate rate over 21% over the last three seasons. His HR/FB is also down, to 1.3%, from a three-year rate of 4.5%. These are discouraging signs for the 33-year-old, especially since they could be construed as the continuation of a downward trend from 2007; on the other hand, Polanco did bat .309 in the second half last year.
The key number is 7%; that's Polanco's rate of K/AB. A low K% doesn't ensure a high BA, but it's certainly a favorable tailwind.
In light of three successive months of sub-.280 BA, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who expects Polanco to rebound; however, he has brighter prospects than many $1 2B's who are currently rostered.
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