Cincinnati Reds Report Cards: Willy TaverasNovember 27, 2009
This is the sixth installment of the grading of the starters for the Cincinnati Reds' 2009 performances.
Willy Taveras is my biggest disappointment of the Reds' acquisitions last season. He came in as the reigning National League stolen base champ with 68.
This season, he "tentatively" stole only 25 bases and finished a dismal ninth in the league. Michael Bourn of the Houston Astros was the league's most prolific thief this year with 61.
When a player's OBP doesn't equal a real good batting average, something is wrong. A .275 OBP is a notch or two below anemic. His .240 average was a career low as well.
He missed 34 games in August and September while spending time on the disabled list.
His disappointing season is another terrible return on our money—$2.25 M basically poured down the drain. He did not perform as the table setter most of us expected him to be. He ran "cautiously" at best, rarely attempting to steal, appearing as though he was unable to get a read on the pitcher.
Prior to coming to the Queen City, Taveras was a respectable .283 career hitter. He only scored 56 runs and collected 97 hits. His OPS+ was a microscopic 48. That isn't a typo; there are only two digits in the number.
His defense was adequate, but again, not up to expectations. In all, it was just a miserable season for the 27-year-old Dominican.
If Walt Jocketty and the other Muckety Mucks think Willy is a bona fide center fielder that will lead us anywhere but the lower portion of the Central Division, he is on the Chinese pipe.
Look at these statistics he posted in 2009.
Unfortunately, Willy ends the year with a weak D.
Next up: Jay Bruce
Cliff Eastham is a B/R Featured Columnist for the Cincinnati Reds.