Nick Punto: .278 BA, 1 HR, 20 RBI, .421 SLG, .987 FPCT
Ian Kinsler: .255 BA, 32 HR, 77 RBI, .477 SLG, .984 FPCT
Punto and Kinsler could not be more opposite in what they bring to their respective clubs.
Punto, who only played in 63 games this season, has been an above average utility man throughout his 11-year career. This season, he has found playing time at second, third and short, and Tony la Russa has praised his fielding.
Offensively, Punto does not bring much to the table, but the Cardinals rarely need him to do much more than hit for a decent average and get on base, which he does extremely well, boasting a .388 OBP in 2011.
Kinsler, on the other hand, is an offensive stud. While the average could be better, he is one of a select few second basemen who hits for power and drives in runs. He was the leadoff man for Texas this season, so driving in 77 runs becomes that much more impressive. He is dangerous on the bases as well, swiping 30 bags in 34 tries this season and scoring 121 runs, good enough for second in the American League.
Defensively, Kinsler leaves something to be desired. Out of 18 second basemen in baseball with at least 480 chances, his fielding percentage places him fourteenth. However, his 103 double plays turned is second among second basemen. However, Kinsler's offense makes up for his defensive struggles.