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April 24, 2014

Pebble Hunting

Platoonies Never Say Die

by Sam Miller


In 2013, Mike Carp was limited to a strict platoon—88 percent of his plate appearances came against right-handers, up from 77 percent the year before—and, just months after Boston acquired him from offense-starved Seattle for mere cash considerations, he produced a better OPS than Adrian Beltre. I’m going to assume this happens to everybody who moves into a strict platoon. They just immediately become way better than we ever thought they would. Way, way better. Every single player.

So April 24 is too early to draw a lot of conclusions about players who have become better or worse since last year, but maybe it’s not too soon to see changes in how managers are using their players. Who are this year’s new platoon superplatooners? A few of the players who have seen the biggest jump in at-bats against opposite-handed pitchers this April:

Travis Snider
Career platoon advantage: 83 percent
2013 platoon advantage: 91 percent
2014 platoon advantage: 99 percent

Last year, Clint Hurdle managed to get Garrett Jones the platoon advantage 95 percent of the time (the highest in baseball) and get him 440 plate appearances (more than any player who topped an 88 percent platoon advantage). This year, he has managed to get Snider 66 plate appearances against righties and just one against lefties—that one coming in the eighth in

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