Kansas Batting Update - End of Regular Season

Player Yr/Pos At Bats BA OB% Slug OPS HR RBIs SB/CS BB/K
Tony Thompson So/3B 218 .362 .420 .711 1.131 18 74 1/0 19/34
David Narodowski Jr/SS 213 .357 .431 .498 .929 3 36 6/4 27/43
Buck Afenir Sr/C 191 .351 .397 .560 .957 9 59 17/41
Brian Heere So/RF 182 .363 .463 .538 1.001 5 37 7/2 36/25
Robby Price Jr/2B 179 .302 .457 .475 .932 5 29 3/1 38/14
Preston Land Sr/1B 149 .228 .343 .356 .699 3 21 1/0 21/64
Casey Lytle So/OF-DH 147 .293 .379 .388 .767 2 23 11/1 20/29
Jason Brunansky Fr/OF 119 .286 .390 .396 .786 2 12 6/3 24/42
Nick Faunce Sr/OF 119 .286 .321 .403 .724 2 26 2/3 6/26
Jimmy Waters So/OF-DH 112 .214 .321 .268 .589 13 2/0 12/22
Zac Elgie Fr/1B-OF-DH 91 .308 .363 .440 .803 2 21 7/22
Joe Lincoln So/C-DH 47 .234 .280 .298 .578 8 3/5
James Stanfield Fr/SS-2B-3B 43 .279 .333 .302 .635 9 3/6
Jake Marasco Fr/OF 36 .167 .225 .222 .447 4 2/0 1/10
Greg Herbst So/3B-DH 30 .267 .389 .367 .756 2 4/5
Brett Lisher Jr/1B 25 .280 .455 .320 .775 2 5/6
Chris Manship Fr/C 14 .071 .278 .071 .349 1 3/6
Team 1935 .304 .393 .459 .852 51 377 41/14 246/400

 

The KU bats really came alive the last month of the season.  The team OPS rose from .814 (on April 16th) to .852.  David Narodowski and Robby Price caught fire during the last four weeks.  Narodowski's OPS jumped from .796 to .929.  I guess it just took him a little time to make the adjustment from Juco to D-I pitching.  Price seemed the toughest man in the nation to get out during the last four weeks.  His 38/14 BB/K ratio is tremendous.

Tony Thompson, Buck Afenir and Brian Heere never cooled off and all ended the year with OPS' above .950.  These three established a strong 3,4,5 core in the batting order.  Preston Land rediscovered some of his power during these week.  Land collected 15 RBIs in his last 66 at-bats.

Casey Lytle, Jason Brunansky and Zac Elgie more or less maintained at the same level.  Lytle led the team in stolen bases with 11 and has shown improvement in the outfield.  The only two batters who took a step back late in the year were James Stanfield and Jimmy Waters.  In terms of offensive production, the team seems to be peaking just as they enter post-season play.

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