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Hardest Dominican Hitter To Strike Out

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Placido Polanco of the Tigers led the major leagues in at bats per strikeout for the second time in three seasons in 2007.  The last Dominican player to rate as the toughest big leaguer to fan in a given season was the smiling man in the picture above, Felix Fermin in 1993. 

Fermin’s glovework at shortstop kept him in the show for a decade despite a 67 OPS+ mark, as his only discernable offensive skills came straight out of the 19th century.  In 1989, he led the majors by successfully executing 32 sacrifice bunts.  Four years later, he struck out only 14 times in 480 at bats -once every 34.3 trips- second only to the 1995 version of Tony Gwynn over the last fifteen years.

Here are the ten toughest Dominicans to strike out over the course of their careers (minimum 500 at bats)

at bats per strikeout – player (years)

18.82 – FELIX FERMIN (1987-1996)

16.27 – JESUS ALOU (1963-1979)

15.36 – MATTY ALOU (1960-1974)

14.81 – MARIO GUERRERO (1973-1980)

14.56 – RAFAEL BOURNIGAL (1992-1999)

14.28 – PLACIDO POLANCO (1998-2007)

13.07 – MANNY CASTILLO (1980-1983)

12.16 – DAMASO GARCIA (1978-1989)

11.81 – MANNY MOTA (1962-1982)

10.51 – TIMO PEREZ (2000-2007)

Of course, it’s only fair to look at the other end of the spectrum.  Here are the ten easiest Dominicans to whiff (excluding pitchers):

2.96 – WILY MO PENA (2002-2007)

3.38 – CARLOS PENA (2001-2007)

3.42 – LUIS TERRERO (2003-2007)

3.52 – WILSON BETEMIT (2001-2007)

3.63 – JOSE GONZALEZ (1985-1992)

3.76 – MIGUEL OLIVO (2002-2007)

3.77 – HENRY RODRIGUEZ (1992-2002)

3.82 – SAMMY SOSA (1989-2007)

3.83 – SANDY MARTINEZ (1995-2004)

3.85 – JHONNY PERALTA (2003-2007)

“Honorable” mention goes to switch-hitting pitcher Joaquin Andujar.  With 315 K’s in 607 at bats, he went down on strikes once every 1.92 at bats!

by MALCOLM ALLEN

onetoughdominican47@hotmail.com

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