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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Player Analysis: #7 Pedro Feliz 3B

Overall Season Numbers (AVG/OBP/SLG) & wOBA- .249/.302/.402 & .314
Overall Career Numbers (AVG/OBP/SLG) & wOBA- .252/.290/.429 & .314

2008 Month by Month-
March/April: .209/.265/.363 3 HRs 7 BBs
May: .311/.336/.491 4 HRs 4 BBs
June: .250/.329/.395 2 HRs 9 BBs
July: .239/.278/.433 3 HRs 4 BBs
August: .194/.235/.290 1 HR 2 BBs
Sept/ Oct: .241/.328/.333 2 HRs 7 BBs

There is a common phrase about players that come from the Dominican Republic that they "don't walk off the island". This is the epitome of Pedro Feliz. While he is an extraordinary defensive third baseman, he is a swing happy hitter who doesn't walk nearly enough. His average pitches/ plate appearance this year was 3.39. The league average is around 3.8. His numbers against righties are completely horrendous (.231/.279/.357), and even his numbers against lefties aren't anything out of this world (.288/.349/.496). I don't mean for this to sound like an attack, but he's not the greatest offensive third baseman to have by any stretch.

Feliz was 33 this year, so there is very little hope for him to "come of age" over the next few years. Unless there is some unforseen deal that involves a third baseman, it might be a good idea to have Dobbs practice his defense all winter long and platoon the two at third base next season. Yes, Dobbs is a step down from Feliz defensively, but offense has a larger impact on a team's success than defense. Dobbs isn't much better with plate discipline, but... this is Feliz's turn.

Yes, he did have the RBI single that won the Phillies the World Series, but as far as his dependibility with a bat in his hand goes, he generally comes up short.

Next up: #8 Shane Victorino CF

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