Fun with Ryan Schimpf’s Stats

Friend of the VORG and ESPN SweetSpot Senior Writer David Schoenfield with some love for a wacky stat line:

 

Schimpf’s line thru Tuesday:

Standard Batting
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
25 97 77 13 12 1 0 7 14 18 30 .156 .309 .442 .751 100
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/3/2017.

 

We’ve already discussed how his on-base percentage was double his batting average (its dipped just below that ratio now, but its still above the all-time ratio of 1.82 set by Jimmy Wynn in 1976).

Not only is Schimpf on pace for 104 walks, but he’s projected for 174 strikeouts. Here is the list of players to hit both of those marks in the same season, sorted by batting average.  Schimpf’s .156 would obliterate that “record” by Adam Dunn in 2012:

Results
Player BA BB SO Year Tm PA AB OBP SLG OPS
Adam Dunn .204 105 222 2012 CHW 649 539 .333 .468 .800
Jack Cust .231 111 197 2008 OAK 598 481 .375 .476 .851
Adam Dunn .234 112 194 2006 CIN 683 561 .365 .490 .855
Jay Buhner .243 119 175 1997 SEA 665 540 .383 .506 .889
Adam Dunn .266 108 195 2004 CIN 681 568 .388 .569 .956
Jim Thome .266 111 182 2003 PHI 698 578 .385 .573 .958
Adam Dunn .267 116 177 2009 WSN 668 546 .398 .529 .928
Ryan Howard .268 107 199 2007 PHI 648 529 .392 .584 .976
Jim Thome .291 111 185 2001 CLE 644 526 .416 .624 1.040
Ryan Howard .313 108 181 2006 PHI 704 581 .425 .659 1.084
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Generated 5/3/2017.

 

His current .442 slugging is nearly three times his .156 batting average (2.83 times to be precise).  No batting title qualifier has ever compiled a ratio of slugging percentage to batting average that high.  Barry Bonds 2001 campaign is the current full-season record-holder.

Name Season AVG OBP SLG OPS SLG/AVG
Ryan Schimpf 2017 .156 .309 .442 .751 2.83
Joey Gallo 2017 .207 .324 .552 .876 2.67
Barry Bonds 2001 .328 .515 .863 1.378 2.63
Mark McGwire 1998 .299 .470 .752 1.222 2.52
Mark McGwire 1999 .278 .424 .697 1.121 2.51
Trevor Story 2017 .170 .271 .404 .675 2.38
Carlos Pena 2009 .227 .356 .537 .893 2.37
Adam Dunn 2012 .204 .333 .468 .801 2.29
Barry Bonds 2004 .362 .609 .812 1.421 2.24

 

Schimpf also possesses a 4.814 ratio of slugging percentage to batting average. The last batting title qualifier to eclipse a 4.0 ratio? Barry Bonds in 2001.

Name Season AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS/AVG
Ryan Schimpf 2017 .156 .309 .442 .751 4.814
Joey Gallo 2017 .207 .324 .552 .876 4.232
Barry Bonds 2001 .328 .515 .863 1.378 4.201
Mark McGwire 1998 .299 .470 .752 1.222 4.087
Mark McGwire 1999 .278 .424 .697 1.121 4.032
Trevor Story 2017 .170 .271 .404 .675 3.971
Carlos Pena 2009 .227 .356 .537 .893 3.934
Adam Dunn 2012 .204 .333 .468 .801 3.926
Barry Bonds 2004 .362 .609 .812 1.421 3.925

 

No batting title qualifier has managed an OPS+ of at least 100 while batting lower than Carlos Pena’s .196 in 2010.  Schimpf would blitz that record if he kept his early-season futility up.

Results
Player BA OPS+ Year PA AB H OBP SLG OPS
Ryan Schimpf .156 100 2017 97 77 12 .309 .442 .751
Carlos Pena .196 103 2010 582 484 95 .325 .407 .732
Mark McGwire .201 103 1991 585 483 97 .330 .383 .714
Adam Dunn .204 114 2012 649 539 110 .333 .468 .800
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/3/2017.

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