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Projected 2012 Stats:
.266/.374/.482, 27 HR, 85 RBI, 2 SB
Nick Swisher has never been a great player, but over the last three seasons, he has averaged a.267 batting average with 27 home runs and 85 runs batted in. He is not great, but he is a consistently good player.
Swisher is a switch hitter like Mark Teixeira, and like him, for some reason, he chooses to hit left handed when he is a much better batter right handed. I know switching is supposed to help a batter match up better against pitchers, but come on; when does it stop being an advantage when you are much better right-handed than left-handed? At what point should you just choose to hit right-handed because you are better that way?
LH: .232/.343/.420, .763 OPS, 17 HR, 64 RBI in 367 At-Bats
RH: .327/.442/.516, .958 OPS, 6 HR, 21 RBI in 159 At-Bats
Just like with Teixeira, it looks like Swisher has much more power when batting left-handed than right-handed, but that is not true. Swisher hits a home runs once out of every 21.6 at-bats when batting left-handed and hits a home runs once every 26.5 at-bats when batting right-handed.
He does have more power when batting lefty, but he has a higher batting average (by .105) and a higher slugging percentage (by .096). Swisher is a better batter when batting right-handed; he should stop switching.
If he does stop, then his batting average is way too low, his RBI total is too low and his home runs total is too high, but I doubt he will stop.