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KU Baseball: Batting Update

Kansas' offense has remained remarkably stable over the last two months. The Hawks are averaging 7.1 runs per game, which ranks 5th in the Big-12. The team is well balanced between batting average, on base percentage and power. The line-up is also deep. Of the nine everyday players only one, Tony Thompson, is OPSing under 700, and Tony is heating up at the plate as he works through his freshman year. KU does not give opposing pitchers any easy innings.

Player At Bats BA OB% Slug OPS HR RBIs SB/CS BB/K
Ryne Price 142 .324 .425 .606 1.031 9 49 4/1 14/34
Erik Morrison 140 .279 .370 .464 .834 5 30 8/1 14/27
Robby Price 130 .292 .390 .354 .744 16 17/18
John Allman 127 .346 .476 .488 .964 3 31 4/1 23/15
Preston Land 117 .248 .381 .504 .885 5 27 1/0 23/37
Tony Thompson 114 .237 .296 .289 .585 2 7 0/1 8/17
Nick Faunce 104 .298 .388 .404 .792 5 0/3 12/27
Buck Afenir 97 .289 .351 .515 .866 5 26 7/22
Casey Larson 89 .292 .347 .382 .729 15 1/0 6/16
Joe Southers 59 .288 .358 .424 .782 1 6 0/1 6/22
Jimmy Waters 36 .194 .356 .361 .717 2 3 1/0 6/10
Justin Elrich 28 .321 .424 .643 1.067 7 4/9
Matt Berner 25 .240 .296 .320 .616 7 2/4
Team 1269 .284 .384 .441 .825 34 239 19/8 157/274

Only players with 25+ at bats included. Click "Read More" for my comments.

Ryne Price is having an awesome year at the plate. We really need to take note of this. It is simply an awesome year. Allman has cooled down a bit but remains one of the most effective college players in the Big-12. Robby Price has been hitting for a high average recently and showing some gap power. Tony Thompson has been hitting more line drive singles - I expect the power to follow before the end of the season. Faunce has cooled off and is now splitting time in CF with a very hot Larson. Joe Southers went stone cold at the plate a few weeks back and has not seen much playing time since. Jimmy Waters made the most of limited playing time. I look for him to be worked into the line-up more often during the last month of play. Elrich is doing a great job as a pinch hitter and occasional DH. He does a great job of getting the ball in the air.
While this chart only covers offensive production, I want to take the opportunity to point out the excellent defensive play of the team over the last two weeks. Standing out in particular over this span has been Erik Morrison, John Allman, Robby Price, Buck Afenir and Tony Thompson.