February 17, 2012

JP's Weekly Walk-Off: Previewing the Fielders

A versatile and experienced infield should be the strength of the 2012 Beavers, while an intriguing mix of newcomers will battle for playing time in the outfield.  Offensively, the experience gained last spring and summer will benefit a number of players, and I believe that across the board simply more time and familiarity with the BBCOR bats introduced in 2011 will lead to offensive improvement.


KEY PLAYERS LOST (100 or more AB's)



  • Carter Bell (.299, 2 HR, 23 RBI)

  • Andrew Susac (.298, 5 HR, 32 RBI)

  • Jared Norris (.282, 2 HR, 24 RBI)

  • Brian Stamps (.271, 2 HR, 23 RBI)

  • Parker Berberet (.259, 5 HR, 39 RBI)

  • Michael Miller (.252, 1 HR, 6 RBI)

  • Garrett Nash (.208, 3 HR, 14 RBI)


Catching:  Susac and Berberet combined for 59 of 60 starts behind the plate (with Berberet adding 20 starts at 1B), the duo lead the team in HRs, and finished 1st and T-2nd in RBI, so obviously there is a large hole to fill there both offensively and defensively (as they combined to throw out 17 of 33 would-be base stealers).   


1B/2B/SS/3B:  Carter Bell departs with 48 combined starts at 3B and SS and the team's third highest batting average (.325) in Pac-10 play last season.  As a three-year starter who was always solid in the field and at the plate, his presence will be missed.  Jared Norris made 16 starts at 1B (3rd on the team behind Berberet's 20 and Danny Hayes 19), but spent most of his time in the OF. 


Outfield:  Norris, Stamps, Miller, and Nash combined for 119 of the 180 OF starts in 2011 (60 in CF, 33 in LF, and 26 in RF) so there is very little experience returning outside of Ryan Barnes (44 starts).
















Offensive Stats

 

AVG

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

2011 Total

.267

1960

337

523

114

14

31

307

51

Players Lost

.269

1065

184

286

67

10

20

174

27

Players Returning

.265

895

153

237

47

4

11

133

24

--Jake Rodriguez

.320

75

9

24

5

1

1

7

3

--Kavin Keyes

.302

182

28

55

10

0

1

30

3

--Ryan Dunn

.280

168

30

47

8

1

4

26

1

--Danny Hayes

.279

140

30

39

10

0

4

32

2

--Ryan Barnes

.248

165

26

41

9

2

1

25

8

--Tyler Smith

.221

113

18

25

4

0

0

11

4

--Max Gordon

.130

46

11

6

1

0

0

2

3

--Ryan Gorton

.000

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0



2012 CATCHING


After spending 2011 playing 2B and 3B for the Beavers, sophomore Jake Rodriguez returns to the OSU infield, but likely will spend most of his time behind the plate this year.  Drafted out of HS in the 11th round with most teams looking at him as a catcher, the position is not at all foreign to him.  With the departure of Susac and Berberet, and the existence of quality depth at 2B, Rodriguez set his sights on taking over at catcher and according to Marty Lees has won the starting job to start the season.  After a very good freshman campaign (despite time lost to a broken hand), his high baseball IQ and leadership skills (a 2012 team captain) makes him a natural to continue the strong run of catchers OSU has seen from Canham to Ortiz to Susac/Berberet.    

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