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Mark Reynolds strikes out at an embarrassingly high rate.
Record holder: Mark Reynolds (223 SO in 2009).
Reynolds whiffed only 159 times last summer.
The slugger rode the bench occasionally during his sluggish start. Combined with a stint on the disabled list, he totaled just 538 plate appearances.
However, he's expected to be the regular first baseman next year with the Cleveland Indians.
Reynolds lucked out in 2012. During his only season in the AL East, Brandon Morrow and CC Sabathia spent time on the disabled list, while Jon Lester and Ricky Romero underachieved.
Now, the lion's share of his plate appearances will come against AL Central teams like the Detroit Tigers. They employ Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, who, a year ago, placed first and third, respectively, in strikeout rate among American League starters. And both are right-handed.
Moreover, the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins have revamped their pitching staffs. New additions like Wade Davis, Rich Harden and James Shields all induce swing-and-misses.
It gets worse. Cleveland's interleague schedule includes the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals (oh my!).
So long as Reynolds continues hitting for power, the Tribe will use him, which means the record should fall easily.