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Abraham Nunez's Splits

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Yesterday's Abraham Nunez signing would not be a bad one if it were a spring training minor league invite or even a cheap one year deal. However, for the next two years the Phillies are going to pay over $3M to Nunez in reaction to three months of his 9 year career. Check out this comparison:

BA OBP SLG OPS AB K BB
pre 2005 0.238 0.306 0.316 0.622 1489 278 142
2005 - Part 1 0.240 0.289 0.275 0.564 225 41 15
2005 - Part 2 0.337 0.404 0.459 0.863 196 22 22

Obviously, the pre-2005 row includes Nunez's stats before this past year. The 2005 Part 1 row, very similar to the pre-2005 row, shows his combined stats for April through May 1 of this year and August 1 through the end of the year. The 2005 Part 2 row shows his stats from May 2 through July 31.

So, basically, for about 200 at-bats over three months in the middle of 2005 he produced at an .863 OPS clip and had a great batting eye. However, for the 1700 at-bats and 8.5 years that constitute the rest of his career, including the rest of 2005, he has been a terrible hitter, batting around .240, getting on base only about 30% of the time (with an awful batting eye), and slugging a terrible .300.

Clearly, this is not production you reward with more than three million guaranteed dollars over two years.

[editor's note, by Alex Falzone]So much for the platoon split. Here's a table for Nunez's 2005 splits, both post All-Star Break and vs. righties and lefties. (n.b. I had to add this here because the comment field wouldn't take my table.)

Split BA OBP SLG OPS AB BB K
2005 - whole season .285 .343 .361 .704 421 37 63
2005 - vs. RHP .277 .331 .354 .685 347 28 54
2005 - vs. LHP .324 .398 .392 .790 74 9 9
2005 - post AS Break .278 .335 .335 .670 248 21 45
2005 - post AS Break vs. RHP .266 .318 .332 .650 199 15 40
2005 - post AS Break vs. LHP .327 .400 .347 .747 49 6 5

Update [2005-11-30 13:39:34 by Alex Falzone]:Here's the good news though. From 2002-2004, which is as far back as I could find splits for, he fared better against RHP's than against LHP's.

Split BA OBP SLG OPS AB BB K
2002-2004 .263 .318 .351 .669 914 73 152
2002-2004 vs. RHP .265 .314 .361 .675 778 56 129
2002-2004 vs. LHP .250 .340 .294 .634 136 17 23

So maybe it's not as bad as it looks. Of course, a .650-.700 OPS guy with no power isn't what most of us phans were hoping for as a platoon with Bell. But if he is going to spell Bell against RHP's, at least he has more power batting RH than he does batting LH, although his BB/K rate is substantially higher batting LH.