These Cleats Are Made For Walking: Jeff Keppinger Is Still Amazing

We’re about nine weeks into the 2013 season, and every player with at least 70 plate appearances have managed at least two walks. Doesn’t mean we can’t mock those at the bottom of my favorite leaderboard ! Let’s take a quick look.

Our all-time favorite Jeff Keppinger didn’t manage a single walk last week. He’s up to 190 plate appearances and still has only two walks. 

To be clear, I very much like the three young catchers we’ve been monitoring. Welington Castillo is named Welington. J.P. Arencibia has some of the better raw power among catchers. Salvador Perez is fantastic defensively and could hit .300 for the each of the next 10 seasons. But this trio has now reached 532 plate appearances and have totaled 13 walks. 

Let’s take some other arbitrary semi-regulars and laugh at their walk totals !

Endy Chavez, Erick Aybar, Steve Lombardozzi, Danny Espinosa, Marwin Gonzalez, Jeff Franceour and Emilio Bonifacio have combined for 27 walks through 1,010 plate appearances. 

Meanwhile, Reds OBP machines Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo are at 88 walks through 529 plate appearances.

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These Cleats Are Made For Walking: Jeff Keppinger Is Still Amazing

We’re about nine weeks into the 2013 season, and every player with at least 70 plate appearances have managed at least two walks. Doesn’t mean we can’t mock those at the bottom of my favorite leaderboard ! Let’s take a quick look.

Our all-time favorite Jeff Keppinger didn’t manage a single walk last week. He’s up to 190 plate appearances and still has only two walks. 

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