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The Decline of Torii Hunter

I decided to write this to buttress my recent broken record diatribes re: one Torii Hunter. Especially since people think he's our best starting option for RF and that we should even sign him to a one year deal for 2013. I'm obviously not one of those idealistic people.


Now, the meat and potatoes:

_____K% ISO AVG wOBA
2009 18.2 ..208 .299 .379
2010 16.4 .183 .281 .350
2011 19.3 .167 .262 .332
2012 25.2 .140 .235 .302

Also over the last three years, his Contact% is down 6%, his swinging strike% is up 3.5%, and his current wRC+ is 10 points below league average.

His babip is also right where it should be so we can’t call it bad luck. He’s about 90 points off his career SLG% of .465 as well. Natch, -1.1 dWAR last season.

From Moore at FanGraphs:

Even if Torii Hunter isn’t quite what he used to be in the outfield, it’s a good sign that he will be easily their worst outfielder (defensively and overall) if the Angels end up playing Mike Trout in left field. He has enough pop left to make a solid complimentary player to the very fine core the Angels have built up.

Those numbers represent 1,925 plate appearances. So trotting out the small sample size fall back is disingenuous at best.

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