Name These Players!

I always think it's fun when people put up lists of players with similar stats but leave their names absent in an attempt to surprise others. I've got something like that today. These four Brewers have all made outs at similar rates this season (similar OBPs). Of course, that's not the whole story behind their value (or how fans react to them), but it's a fun place to start. Enjoy!

Player A
Not a big power threat, he only has ten extra base hits on the season. He doesn't strike out that often, only once every two games or so. He draws walks at about the same rate. Not a speed demon, his one stolen base this season has brought his career stolen base success rate up to 50%. An everyday player, he's on pace to finish the season below the half-century mark in RBI, something that won't warm the hearts of those already starting to sour on him.

Player B
Also not a power threat, he has three more extra base hits this year than Player A. He strikes out half as much as A does and doesn't draw many walks. A 50% stolen base success rate so far this season makes me wonder if anyone would really notice if he and A switched places for a day. One of only a few Brewers with a triple, he's also been involved in some interesting (read: cool) defensive plays.

Player C
This guy has nearly as many extra base hits as he does singles. Not one to draw a free pass, he makes up for it by driving the ball a lot--in fact, he's got more home runs on the season than A or B has extra base hits. Unfortunately, his power comes at a price as he finds himself among the team leaders in strikeouts. A successful 2007 on the basepaths has yet to carry over into 2008, but I don't think anyone will complain. Fans like this guy.

Player D
It should surprise no one that this player is among NL leaders in pitches per plate appearance. Though he's not the most proficient at drawing bases on balls, he gets on base in other ways. He's already been caught stealing more times this year than last, but he's still a pretty speedy guy. Another one of the few Brewers with a triple, he's got sixteen extra base hits all told. That seems less impressive, however, when you find out he's also among team leaders in strikeouts, yet another strike against him in the eyes of fans.

All four of these players have OBP's within .014 of each other, and all are pretty close to the NL average (one is spot on). Good luck!

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