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July 19, 2013

Mid-Season Outliers

Catchers, Designated Hitters, and Relievers

by Baseball Prospectus


Adam Dunn
DOB: 11/9/1979
Age: 33
Height/Weight: 6'6" 285 lbs.
Bats/Throws: L/R
DH
Chicago White Sox

While it may not be possible to hit a truly "empty" 40 bombs, let alone drive in an "empty" 100 runs, if anyone could it would be Dunn. The Big Donkey adopted a more aggressive plate approach early in the season with disastrous results, but bounced back to post a .274/.402/.589 June line. We've seen these streaks from him before, however, and one hot month doesn't change the fact that Dunn remains a burden in the field and on the basepaths, is helpless against lefties, and has grown unproductive away from The Cell. His value is limited to launching the occasional moonshot and drawing an ever-diminishing number of walks between his ever-present strikeouts. This is Dunn's new normal, so expect more of the same until his contract mercifully runs out after 2014. —Ken Funck


Tyler Flowers
DOB: 1/24/1986
Age: 27
Height/Weight: 6'4" 245 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
C
Chicago White Sox

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