Here’s an interesting set of players–these are guys with at least 20 batting runs, no more than 400 plate appearances, and a ratio between the two of at least 8 batting runs per 100 PAs.

Rk Player PA Rbat Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Kevin Mitchell 380 36 1994 CIN 95 310 57 101 18 1 30 77 .326 .429 .681 1.110 *7/3
2 Justin Morneau 348 34 2010 MIN 81 296 53 102 25 1 18 56 .345 .437 .618 1.055 *3/D
3 Jim Thome 340 32 2010 MIN 108 276 48 78 16 2 25 59 .283 .412 .627 1.039 *D
4 Hubie Brooks 338 28 1986 MON 80 306 50 104 18 5 14 58 .340 .388 .569 .956 *6
5 Mark McGwire 321 39 2000 STL 89 236 60 72 8 0 32 73 .305 .483 .746 1.229 *3/467
6 Matt Williams 318 30 1995 SFG 76 283 53 95 17 1 23 65 .336 .399 .647 1.046 *5
7 Gary Sheffield 274 26 1995 FLA 63 213 46 69 8 0 16 46 .324 .467 .587 1.054 *9/7
8 Jack Clark 249 22 1984 SFG 57 203 33 65 9 1 11 44 .320 .434 .537 .971 *9/3
9 Johnny Grubb 243 20 1986 DET 81 210 32 70 13 1 13 51 .333 .412 .590 1.002 *D79
10 Frank Thomas 240 20 1990 CHW 60 191 39 63 11 3 7 31 .330 .454 .529 .983 *3/D
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/30/2012.

Pretty interesting, huh?

A few random notes:

  • It’s awesome to see two members of the 2010 Twins on the same list.
  • Kevin Mitchell (1994), Matt Williams (1995), and Gary Sheffield (1995) all did it in strike-shortened seasons.
  • Johnny Grubb rarely played full-time. After his Age 27 season, he had 10 years where he didn’t top 400 plate appearances, and only 1 where he did. The guy finished with a 121 OPS+ in his career.
  • Hubie Brooks put up his best season (rate-wise, at least) in 1986, posting a 161 OPS+ despite a career mark of 100.

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