Lance Berkman - .301/.412/.547, 31 HR, 159 wRC+ (587 PA)
Only Jose Bautista, Ryan Braun, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Kemp, and Prince Fielder bested Berkman's 159 wRC+ - that's a veritable 'who's who' of MLB sluggers. For his efforts, Berkman was rewarded with a one-year, $12 MM extension for the 2012 season. While I don't see him repeating his stellar 2011 season, the Cardinals will have a bargain on their hands if he can find the happy medium between his 2010 and 2011 lines.
Austin Jackson - .249/.317/.374, 10 HR, 90 wRC+ (668 PA)
Jackson's second season left a great deal to be desired, as his wRC+ dropped significantly (from 104 to 90) and his strikeout rate increased nearly two-percent ... and his average plummeted forty-four points due to his loss of luck with balls in play. On a positive note, both his walk rate (from 7.0% to 8.4%) and ISO (.107 to .125) increased, despite the league-average numbers dipping slightly from 2010.
Juan Miranda - .213/.315/.402, 7 HR, 92 wRC+ (202 PA)
As was the case in August, Miranda did not sniff the Diamondbacks roster.
Jose Tabata - .266/.349/.362, 4 HR, 101 wRC+ (382 PA)
Tabata was shutdown on September 16 with a fracture in his left hand. His 2011 was something of a disappointment, though he did perform better as the season wore on. He also increased his walk rate from below-average in 2010 (6.3%) to above-average in 2011 (10.5%). If his power develops as some still expect, he could be a real force.
Alfredo Aceves - 114.0 IP, 84 H, 42 BB, 80 K, 2.66 ERA, 4.03 FIP
In 25 IP this past month, Aceves posted a 1.80 ERA ... though, it is worth noting that he played a role in the Red Sox collapse, allowing two inherited runners to score in the team's 6-4 loss to the Orioles on September 21. That is sort of tenuous, though, as Aceves was brilliant otherwise.
Phil Coke - 108.2 IP, 118 H, 40 BB, 69 K, 4.47 ERA, 3.57 FIP
Thanks for helping the Yankees force a Game 5 in the Bronx, Phil.
Michael Dunn - 63.0 IP, 51 H, 31 BB, 68 K, 3.43 ERA, 4.30 FIP
Dunn held LHB to a .198/.308/.307 slash line this past season, and improved as the season wore on (and the Marlins stopped using him against RHB).
Ian Kennedy - 222.0 IP, 186 H, 55 BB, 198 K, 2.88 ERA, 3.22 FIP
Kennedy wrapped up 2011 ranking in the top-twenty in ERA, FIP, K/BB, bWAR, and fWAR. Very, very impressive.
Dustin Moseley - 120.0 IP, 117 H, 36 BB, 64 K, 3.30 ERA, 3.96 FIP
A successful season for the journeyman, unfortunately cut short by a shoulder injury.
Javier Vazquez - 192.2 IP, 178 H, 50 BB, 162 K, 3.69 ERA, 3.57 FIP
Vazquez's 2011 went from hilarious to depressing to infuriating for Yankees fans. His month-to-month improvements culminated in an absolutely filthy September - 38 IP, 21 H, 3 BB, 36 K, 0.71 ERA, 1.79 FIP. Wow. There are rumors circulating that Vazquez will call it quits this offseason, as well.
Kerry Wood - 51.0 IP, 45 H, 21 BB, 57 K, 3.35 ERA, 3.59 FIP
Wood missed a fair bit of time this season, but he was quite effective when he was on the mound. He was shutdown in late September with a torn meniscus.
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