But this is the VORG … we don’t do “standard” … we do factoids, minutiae, trivia, oddities, random bits of info on all the major participants for both teams.
Yan Gomes: Compiled the lowest batting average (.167) of anyone with at least 264 plate appearances during the year. His 33 OPS+ figure was the lowest for a player with that many PAs since Reid Brignac’s 28 in 2011.
Francisco Lindor: Drafted one pick ahead of Javier Baez back in 2011. Led AL in sac flies with 15, the most by any MLBer since Mark Loretta had 16 in 2004. Only the seventh player with at least 15 sac flies and 15 homers in same season.
Lonnie Chisenhall: “Lonnie David Chisenhall” anagrams to “Novel and childish alien”. He doesn’t steal often, but when he does he succeeds. His 6-0 in steals this year brings his career mark to 17-3.
Carlos Santana: Finished with exactly 99 walks and 99 strikeouts. This is the largest number in MLB history for anyone with exactly the same number of walks and strikeouts in a season. Has surpassed 90 walks (and 90 Ks) in each of last six seasons.
Corey Kluber: Already has the highest career WAR (18.9) for anyone from Stetson University. Bounced from 18 wins in ’14 to 16 losses in ’15 back to 18 wins this year, despite having WHIPs under 1.100 in all three seasons.
Trevor Bauer: Taken third overall in 2011 draft, two picks after college teammate Gerrit Cole. Had career-best 2.4 strikeout to walk ratio in ’16. Tied many others for fielding percentage lead by pitcher, handling 36 chances perfectly this season.
Josh Tomlin: Walked only 20 batters in 174 innings this year, but yielded 36 homers. Led the Majors with 1.034 walks per nine. Of those active starting pitchers with at least 600 innings thrown, his 1.56 HR/9 rate is the highest.
Danny Salazar: Has started games in multiples of five in each season (10, 20, 30, 25). Has struck out 12 times in 14 career plate appearances.
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Miguel Montero: Batted a career-low .216 this season and only threw out 11% of base-stealers. Did hit .283/.353/.543 the last month of the season.
Anthony Rizzo: Stats 2014-2016: .285/.386/.527 with 95 homers and 288 RBI. Hit .543/.556/1.143 when at-bat ended on 1-0 count. Making a mere $5 million this season, and due only $25 million over next three years.
Ben Zobrist: Anagrams to “Isn’t zero BB” which is appropriate given his 15.2% walk rate in 2016. Has hit exactly three triples each of last four seasons. Very consistent batting average last six years:
Kris Bryant: Led league in WAR (7.7) and runs scored (121). Actually had higher slash stats as a left fielder than as third baseman during the year. Already has highest career WAR of anyone from Univ. of San Diego.
Jason Heyward: Only MLBer in history with the middle name of “Alias”. At .631, compiled the lowest OPS of any qualifying outfielder during 2016, by 48 points. His highest batting average after any game this year was .260. However, did lead Majors in Total Zone Runs for second time in three years.
Javier Baez: Strikeout rate has decreased each year, from 41% to 30% to 24%, but walk rate has also diminished, now down to 3.3%. His yearly BABIP has bounced all over, from .248 in ’14 to .412 to this season’s .336.
Hector Rondon: More than one out of every eight flyballs left the yard this season. Nonetheless, he established personal bests with strikeout rate (29%) and walk rate (4.0%). Was actually selected by the Cubs off the Cleveland Indians roster during the 2012 Rule 5 draft.
Aroldis Chapman: Name anagrams to “Moral handicaps”. He *only* struck out 14 per nine innings this season, after blowing away 17.7 per nine in 2014. Boasts career marks of 4.8 hits and 15.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Has held left-handed batters to a .155 slugging percentage in his career.