2011 TigsTown Player Capsule: Ryan Raburn

Raburn posted a .967 OPS in the second half

Tigers fans have gotten to know Ryan Raburn over the years as a streaky hitter that can play all over the field, notorious for mediocre glove work and cold first half starts. And in 2011, Raburn did little to change that opinion of him.

Ryan Raburn

Five Numbers That Sum Up The Season

BA

OPS+

2nd Half OPS

ISO

2B UZR/150

.256

97

.967

.176

-21.0


What It All Means

Once again, it was the tale of two halves for Raburn, as he struggled through the first half of the season, only to catch fire in the second half. While he still finished the year with just a .256 average, he can't be faulted for not turning it on later on in the year, posting an OPS in the second half that approached 1.000. The hot hitting second half also pulled his ISO up to 0.176, once again showing the pop he carries in his bat, which is even more valuable given he focused primarily at second base for the season. His defense there is still poor, however, his offensive profile helps make up for that, providing a plus hitting option at a position that has been a rough spot offensively since Placido Polanco left.

What Does the Future Hold

The Tigers re-signed Ramon Santiago to a two-year deal, and with Raburn under contract already for 2012, it appears the Tigers are ready to platoon the pair at the keystone. Raburn has the bat that makes him a weapon at second base, and the organization hopes they can use Santiago to off-set his defensive deficiencies, being more liberal with switching between the two. It's a bit of a risky proposition, but given the limited options, might be the best strategy available to try and take advantage of Raburn's bat.

Contract Status

Raburn heads into the second year of a two-year deal that paid him $3.4 million. He's slated to earn $2.1 million for the 2012 campaign.

All statistics are provided by Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com, with all contract information thanks to Cot's Contracts.

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