Brian Roberts Ditch the Switch
A recent article by esteemed college Calum led to me pouring over some 2007 splits data. At the time I didn’t really have any particular focus. I eventually zeroed in on the split data of switch hitters.
After looking into things, I came to the conclusion that all-star Brian Roberts should “Ditch the Switch”.
2005 – 2007 Collected Splits
Big, big difference in splits here, on both a one and three year level.
The only thing that saves his left-handed OPS is his ability to draw walks. Batting Average and isolated power really take a hit when Roberts is batting from the left side of the plate. With this being the case (and taking into account that the BB is his only saving grace) Roberts should attempt batting right handed vs a right handed pitcher in 2008 spring training. The key to look for initially would be his BB/SO ratio. If he can maintain his current ratio against righties as a right-handed batter, then there is really no reason for him to continue switch hitting. A full season would give us a decent look at what he can do, and to see if he can up his power output.
Factor’s working against this are namely his age, baseball experience and his daddy. Yep, his daddy. See Brian’s dad is the former head coach of UNC and purportedly had Brian switch hitting from day one.
I’m not holding my breath but it would be in Robert’s and the Orioles best interest to at least give this a shot in 2008.