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Top Gun Tabata Wraps Up Winter Ball

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Much ado has been made about Jose Tabata playing winter ball this season. We took a quick look at the stats Tabata compiled this winter.  One of the first things we noticed was that he didn’t finish strong by piling up hits, but look closer.  Tabata reached base in nine of his past ten games.

He hit well against right handers, in fact all of his hits came against pitchers that threw right handed.  He was 0-for-4 against southpaws with two walks and a strikeout.  Five of his thirteen walks came with the bases empty.  Tabata hit over .350 with runners in scoring position.

Perhaps the biggest thing for Tabata?  He stayed healthy. 

82 percent of RumBunter readers feel Tabata will hit 15 HR in 2011.

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  • MarkInDallas

    See, this is someone who knows how to use Winterball to their best advantage and work on their skills! Ronny Cedeno, can’t you please take note?

    Tabata is playing there playing Winterball in his home town, and instead of trying to hit homers all the time, he’s more than happy to take walks and get on base. 13 walks in 54 PA’s. That’s awesome.

    • http://rumbunter.com Tom Smith

      Mark–Do you think Hurdle/Richie can help Cedeno be patient?

    • MarkInDallas

      I seriously doubt it. It’s no secret OBP is Ronny’s biggest issue. He apparently just doesn’t care. Last year he had 10 HRs and hit .300 in the VWL, but still only had a .327 OBP!

      This year, he had ONE freaking walk in 139 PAs. I mean, that’s tough to do.