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Jose Bautista: The Story of a Utility Man

Published by on April 30, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Forgive me for harping on this one subject. But the more I study it, the more of a mistake it looks like the Pirates made in dumping Jose Bautista (and trading Jason Bay for a replacement in Andy LaRoche). While in some ways, Bautista was an "average" Pirate, in others, he was anything but average.

In fact, Bautista probably looked "below average" to the Pirates based on his mediocre batting average.

What distinguished Bautista from his former teammates was his pitch selection, and a walk rate that was high enough to compensate for his low batting average in bringing his on base percentage ( OBP) to "average." But OBP is something the Pirates (a hard-swinging team) don't fully understand.

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