2010 TigsTown Player Capsule: Ryan Raburn

Raburn can't start off slow in 2011

Ready to take a look back at the performers of 2010 and what's in store for them in 2011? Head inside to read the 2010 player capsules! For the second straight year, Ryan Raburn started off slow but finished with a flurry.

Five Numbers That Sum Up The Season

1st Half OPS

2nd Half OPS

OPS+

UZR/150

1st half BAbip

.637

.900

119

-0.5

.264


What It All Means

For the second straight season, it was a tale of two halves for Ryan Raburn. While he came into the 2010 campaign off a great close to 2009, he did so without regular at-bats, and a slow start hindered his ability to get more. While his .264 BAbip likely contributed to the poor start, it's tough to justify playing a player regularly who hit just .208 for an entire half of the season, and produced just a .637 OPS (his normally strong ISO was down to .14 as well, below the .2+ that he typically has posted). When playing time opened up in the next half though, he took advantage and went on a tear, bringing his OPS up in a big way, and ending the year with an OPS+ well over 100 at 119. Defensively, while he's always been a worry, he's not the huge negative player some make him out to be, typically focusing on a couple of poor decisions to assess his entire skill set in the outfield. So, in the end things all worked out well, but it took another scalding August and September performance to make it happen.

What Does the Future Hold

Talk heading into last off-season was that they hoped they could rely on Raburn to be an everyday player – but then they signed Johnny Damon, Raburn started off slow, and Brennan Boesch came up and hit the cover off the ball. He eventually made his way back into the lineup and has again positioned himself to be playing everyday in 2011 in left field, but he has to shake the slow starts that have plagued him the past couple years. The Tigers like the bat and can live with the defense, but an average that bounces around the Mendoza line won't be tolerated from just about anyone, and an OPS that starts with a ‘6' from a corner outfielder won't last long either. The opportunity is now there for Raburn, he just has to take it and run with it.

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