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2002/06/03

Bring me the head of Travis Fryman!

In our infant days of publishing TribeScribe, we have made it an editorial practice to point out the underperformance of veteran ballplayers and call for their release. Continuing that practice, today we turn our scrutiny toward Travis Fryman. Consider the following:


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Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO
2001 98 334 34 88 15 0 3 38 30 63 0.263 0.327 0.335 0.662 0.072
2002 52 188 16 42 5 2 5 29 18 34 0.223 0.295 0.351 0.646 0.128
150 522 50 130 20 2 8 67 48 97 0.249 0.315 0.341 0.656 0.092

What is obvious is that Travis is no longer a productive member of the Indians’ offense. Much of this is no doubt due to his various arm injuries that appear to have robbed him of his power. Even though he has shown an uptick in isolated power (extra bases per AB) this season, it would still rate as the lowest average of his career. What is not as obvious is how much his defense has slipped, as his fielding percentage and range factor have both fallen well below league average for the position. The Indians would be better off determining if Russ Branyan can capably play the position because at this point he could do no worse than Fryman.

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