A few facts never hurt anyone.
2010 Russell Branyan: First baseman/Designated hitter
- wOBA: .353
- Number of home runs hit (over number of plate appearances): 10/187
- Slugging percentage: .488
- Wins Above Replacement: 1.2
- wFB (How well he hits fastballs): -1.4 (but 15.2 in 2009)
2010 Seattle Mariners: “Professional” baseball team
- wOBA: .295
- Number of home runs hit (over number of plate appearances): 42/2427
- Slugging percentage: .344
- Wins Above Replacement: 3.1
- wFB (How well they hit fastballs): -53.4 (worst in the major leagues)
I echo Griffin’s sentiments about the deal below. I like it. It doesn’t hurt us, since Diaz and Carrera frankly aren’t that great, and Russell the Muscle is damn fun to watch. Three-outcome players are awesome. What I especially like about the deal is that we now have someone who can hit fastballs on a regular basis, and seeing as professional baseball pitchers tend to throw fastballs more than half the time, that can’t be a bad thing.
Branyan can hit. There’s no doubt about that. He can hit for power and he has pretty decent plate discipline. And his back appears to be doing just fine. I won’t speak to whether or not I’d like to see him back in 2011, but I like the move for now considering it makes me want to watch Mariners baseball more than the (admittedly diminishing) degree than I already do.