When I heard the rumors yesterday that a possible Bartlett-Reimold swap was in the mix, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at this guy. Over the last two, his only, seasons he’s had 542 plate appearances with 205 vs. lefties (BA/OBP/SLG/wOBA of .270/.361/.433/.349) and 337 vs. righties (.257/.335.432/.337) with an overall line of (.262/.345/.432/.343, good for about 8% above the average of his peers over these two years). So when I say that he’s a decent enough hitter you will agree. His glove brings no love, from what I’ve heard, but what I really wanted to showcase here was my pitch location chart. This is for both years, every pitch that he’s seen in the major leagues:
Outside of that middle-low, middle-away, low-away section he’s a pretty solid hitter, especially if he gets something inside. I like that his foul %s are below the team average, for the most part. It tells me that he does a good job of making contact when he does decide to swing which is backed up by the lower-than-team-average SS% across most of the zones. Let’s get some summary stuff:
You can look through the particular zones (1-8 go top to bottom, left to right, where upper-left is 1 and bottom-right is 8, within the wide zone we got bottom-to-top, left to right where bottom-left is 9 and top-right is 17), but I want to look at the bottom line which is a total of all zones. Team average looks like this: 39%, 17%, 17%, 17%, 9%, 56%, 44%, .537. So we can see that he takes the same number of balls, less called strikes, slightly less foul balls, same % goes in play, and slightly less swing strikes. He swings about 3% less than the average Ray, while putting up almost .030 more points of SLGCON. That he bats right-handed would motivate me to make this move as he seems like a patient hitter with a bit more juice in the bat than what we’re accustomed to. Lastly, here’s the In and Out of Wide Zone summaries:
You can see that he sees more pitches in the zone than our average player last year which is probably a function of him swinging less both in and out of the zone. This again reinforces that Reimold is a patient batter, more like B.J. than Craw. This means that he’s taking more called strikes inside the zone, but, again, when he does swing he’s putting the ball in play at an average rate. Nice to see that he fouls off less pitches and has fewer swing strikes than the average both in and out of the wide zone. When he does swing out of the zone, it must be a pretty hittable pitch because you can see he’s got a way above average .600 SLGCON (27 total bases/45 balls in play). When it’s in the zone, his SLGCON isn’t quite as high as the team average, but as shown in the chart, if it’s inside he’s going to hurt it and as long as it’s not down-and-away he’s better than team average. Who knows, maybe the Rays can even fix that little hole in his swing and make him an everyday-player, but even if they don’t he’s a nice right-handed bat that we sorely need and only costs a player that isn’t wanted here.