Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
Rosales is hitting .313. Maybe it's time to make him an everyday starter.
I'm going to somewhat include Derek Norris, Chris Young and Jed Lowrie as "bench" players.
Norris platoons with John Jaso at catcher, but he has caught six less games. Young has appeared in the least games of those considered "regular" outfield options. Lowrie is included because he joined the team as an all-around infield backup and only originally took the starting shortstop role because Hiroyuki Nakajima started the season injured.
Guys like Nate Freiman, Adam Rosales, Andy Parrino, Michael Taylor, Luke Montz and Daric Barton will fill out the rest of this section.
Look at Jaso and Norris side by side and it's fairly comparable. In less at-bats, Norris has struck out more than Jaso, but he's also walked, doubled and stolen bases more often. He also has as many home runs and a higher on-base percentage, OPS and slugging percentage.
When Norris fills in, there's not as many hits or RBI, but he's still getting on base with walks or extra-base hits.
Young must frustrate fans. His .172 batting average stands out, but his 15 RBI are sixth most on the team and four home runs puts him in the top five on the team. He doesn't hit often, but when he does, it's effective.
Analysis on Lowrie can be summed up in one word: awesome.
He led the team in hits until May 14, holds a .298 average and even maintained a six-game hit streak starting in the second game of the season.
As for the rest of the role players, there's some good, bad and very ugly.
Rosales is hitting an effective .302. He's filled in for second and short. Freiman's .239 average is somewhat typical for a guy who rarely plays. Montz, Taylor and Parrino have played sparingly, but their sub-.200 averages may indicate why.
But it gets uglier.
Of 15 men who have come off the bench as a pinch hitter, 13 of them are hitless. So while they're somewhat effective as spot-starters, pinch hitters are not getting the job done.