LSU Baseball Stat Watch: Bregman, Jones, and Ibarra

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Comparing Alex Bregman and Austin Nola's freshmen seasons at short stop, a look at Jacoby Jones' turn around, and examining the impact of Christian Ibarra

Enough has already been written about Alex Bregman's terrific season at the plate. We knew coming in the kid would be good with the bat, but no one had a sniff of a clue that he would have such a tremendous year. However, it was always said that there would be a bit of a drop off defensively with Bregman replacing Austin Nola. And the numbers do show a slight drop off in efficiency. Bregman has committed 12 errors as a freshman in 52 starts for an error rate of 0.23 errors per game. Nola started 36 games as a freshman and committed 6 errors, an error rate of 0.17 per game. Bregman has a fielding percentage of 0.945. Nola's was 0.960. This isn't a knock on Bregman at all, his defense has been very good all year. He has committed some costly errors at times, but he has been as good as a replacement for Austin Nola as we could have hoped for. Nola will be the defensive benchmark for LSU shortstops for some time, and that's a tough standard to meet let alone exceed.

Jacoby Jones has had a tremendous turnaround from his mid-season doldrums at the plate. You can see in the chart below just how hot Jacoby was to start the year, how he came crashing down rather quickly, hit rock bottom, then figured things out. He did have a slight drop off in production against Texas A&M last weekend, but his overall turn around has been great to see. The best thing is that Jacoby is hitting with power again. His slugging percentage is consistently in the 0.400-0.600 range over the past few weeks. He can now protect guys in the middle part of the order, so it is less likely to see teams pitching around the Bregman/Katz/Rhymes/Ibarra line of destruction. Ideally, he should hover in the 0.250 to 0.350 part of the chart for his batting average. If he does that, this team will be in great shape.

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Speaking of the middle part of the order, Christian Ibarra is having one hell of a year at the plate. He has been the model of consistency. His moving averages are roughly flat throughout the year, there are almost no peaks or valleys to his game. He has provided protection for Katz and Rhymes by punishing opposition when they pitch around those two. His batting average is 0.307 with runners on base, further proving that it is not a good idea to pitch him in the middle part of the lineup. He also has good pop with his bat. Ibarra's 5 home runs have him tied for second most on the team with Jones and Bregman, and his 39 Runs Created is third behind Bregman and Katz.

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Ibarra has also been a fairly solid third baseman, but like Bregman we need to see how his defensive compares to Tyler Hanover last year. Ibarra has a slightly lower fielding percentage at 0.924 to Hanover's 0.939, and his error rate is slightly higher at 0.20 per game compared to Hanover's 0.14. Like Bregman at short stop, this is a some what expected drop in defensive efficiency, but it is nothing to get overly concerned about.

Overall, the team is in good shape heading into the last regular season series. The Tigers are hitting 0.310/0.394/0.439 as a team and have fielding percentage of 0.981. Right now, LSU needs to be in control and maintain mode before hitting the post season grinder. If they can maintain their production and consistency, they will make a deep run in the SEC and NCAA tournaments.

I'll have an update on the pitching later in the week. Stay tuned!

Player Name PA AB R H RBI BA 1B 2B 3B HR TB Slug % DP BB HBP OBP K GO FO SH SF SB CS FC
Ibarra 207 172 29 59 32 0.343 41 13 0 5 87 0.506 4 25 5 0.436 26 36 50 3 2 0 3 3
Barash 26 22 6 6 2 0.273 5 1 0 0 7 0.318 1 3 1 0.385 3 8 4 0 0 0 0 2
Bregman 247 218 50 86 46 0.394 59 15 7 5 130 0.596 8 22 2 0.445 17 47 70 0 5 12 2 8
Chinea 49 39 4 9 11 0.231 6 3 0 0 12 0.308 1 7 1 0.347 2 13 16 0 2 0 0 1
Edward 44 39 5 9 6 0.231 7 1 1 0 12 0.308 1 3 0 0.286 4 18 8 2 0 0 0 3
Foster 45 42 12 15 4 0.357 13 1 0 1 19 0.452 3 1 2 0.400 5 9 13 0 0 1 0 0
Jones 203 173 35 49 28 0.283 34 10 0 5 74 0.428 3 25 3 0.379 40 30 51 0 2 12 3 7
Katz 225 189 39 71 63 0.376 46 10 2 13 124 0.656 5 29 5 0.467 30 34 50 0 2 3 5 10
Laird 231 196 43 55 14 0.281 50 5 0 0 60 0.306 5 21 1 0.352 23 73 52 12 1 6 3 16
McMullen 152 121 17 40 23 0.331 25 14 0 1 57 0.471 0 18 7 0.428 15 16 54 0 6 0 2 2
Moore 67 61 7 17 7 0.279 10 6 1 0 25 0.410 1 5 0 0.333 1 21 21 1 0 0 0 2
Rhymes 228 198 46 68 37 0.343 52 13 1 2 89 0.449 11 21 5 0.412 26 53 45 0 4 2 0 9
Ross 184 156 21 33 24 0.212 27 3 0 3 45 0.288 2 17 1 0.288 22 53 55 7 3 1 1 11
Sciambra 116 88 18 23 6 0.261 17 5 1 0 30 0.341 4 17 6 0.411 24 34 11 4 1 2 0 2
Stevenson 87 72 17 15 11 0.208 14 0 0 1 18 0.250 1 7 4 0.313 14 26 18 4 0 4 1 5
Yocom 25 21 3 5 2 0.238 5 0 0 0 5 0.238 0 4 0 0.360 2 7 7 0 0 0 0 1
Grand Total 2136 1807 352 560 316 0.310 411 100 13 36 794 0.439 50 225 43 0.394 254 478 525 33 28 43 20 82


Player Name PA GPA BABIP AB_RISP H_RISP BA_RISP AB_ROB BB/K BB% K% Runs RC
Bregman 247 0.349 0.403 70 30 0.429 126 1.29 9% 7% 50 59
Laird 231 0.235 0.316 58 11 0.190 99 0.91 9% 10% 43 23
Rhymes 228 0.298 0.379 78 22 0.282 119 0.81 9% 11% 46 36
Katz 225 0.374 0.392 71 33 0.465 112 0.97 13% 13% 39 57
Ibarra 207 0.323 0.378 55 18 0.327 88 0.96 12% 13% 29 39
Jones 203 0.278 0.338 59 18 0.305 96 0.63 12% 20% 35 31
Ross 184 0.202 0.224 52 13 0.250 74 0.77 9% 12% 21 14
McMullen 152 0.310 0.351 23 10 0.435 42 1.20 12% 10% 17 28
Sciambra 116 0.270 0.354 26 6 0.231 37 0.71 15% 21% 18 14
Stevenson 87 0.203 0.246 23 8 0.348 34 0.50 8% 16% 17 7
Moore 67 0.252 0.283 22 5 0.227 35 5.00 7% 1% 7 8
Chinea 49 0.233 0.231 13 5 0.385 24 3.50 14% 4% 4 5
Foster 45 0.293 0.389 19 6 0.316 27 0.20 2% 11% 12 7
Edward 44 0.205 0.257 16 4 0.250 24 0.75 7% 9% 5 3
Barash 26 0.253 0.316 7 2 0.286 11 1.00 12% 12% 6 3
Yocom 25 0.222 0.263 8 2 0.250 14 2.00 16% 8% 3 2
Grand Total 2136 0.287 0.339 600 193 0.322 962 0.89 11% 12% 352 326
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