Potential trade target: Shane Victorino

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

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  1. Mike

    Career low .265 BABIP (career .296), which I'm guessing stems from his career low LD% of 15.3% (career 18.3%). But then again he managed .292 BABIP last year while holding a LD rate of 15.8%. But his FB% is 3 points over his career and HR/FB is 1% under his career, while GB% is right at career. Hmm… so maybe it's the O-contact % which is a career high?

    All his #s just look slightly off from his past few seasons, but here is the biggest difference, seen in his PITCHf/x Pitch Values / 100, for 4-seam fastballs:
    2007: 0.58
    2008: 1.21
    2009: 1.58
    2010: 1.64
    2011: 0.75
    2012: -1.41
    (He's also slightly negative on 2-seamers for the 1st time in his career as well.)

    Now Victorino is only going to turn 32 in November, so I'm not sure age is a valid factor here. He might just be having his first below average year offensively since he became a full time player in 2006 (wRC+ 94). You don't like to see this, though:

    7/9/2012: Manager Charlie Manuel said he pulled Victorino from the lineup Sunday because Victorino's spirits were down regarding his recent performance, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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