How’s this for an odd stat?

According to fangraphs.com, which is a cool site if you’re into things baseball, the Cubs’ (and Hamm’s Bears’) Starlin Castro is on pace for a dubious distinction.

At the moment, Castro has more caught stealings than walks. He has walked four times in 211 plate appearances (his 1.9% walk rate is second only to Clint Barmes for lowest in the majors) and has been caught stealing five times in 19 tries.

According to Wendy Thurm of FanGraphs, only 11 players have done that over the course of a full season (defined as 502 plate appearances). Ozzie Guillen did it twice, Garry “If I’m not startin’, I’m not departin’” Templeton did it once. And before he got suspended for life in the Black Sox scandal of 1919, Buck Weaver did it in 1912. In fact, Weaver walked only nine times in 1912 (producing on OBP of .245) and was caught stealing 20 times.

Gary Robinson posted at 2012-5-30 Category: Baseball

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