I noticed a trend in the guys Billy has been picking up and/or valuing this offseason...
They all have a pretty solid lean towards doubles:
Jemile Weeks (MLB): 26 doubles in 437 PA (97 games), for a 421 SLG
Collin Cowgill (AAA): 24 doubles in 456 PA (98 games), for a .430 SLG.
-Had 34 doubles in 577 PA/131 games in 2010, AA, for a .464 SLG.
Josh Reddick (MLB): 18 doubles in 278 PA (87 games), .457 SLG.
-28 doubles in 481 PA 9114 games) in AAA in 2010.
-Chipper Jones had 33 doubles in 512 PA (126 games), .470 SLG.
-Victor Martinez had 40 doubles in 595 PA (145 games), also .470 SLG.
Doubles-hitters have always struck me as potentially being undervalued, and a market that could be plundered for much awesome by the right team. Not sure what their statistical value ends up being, esp. vs HRs, etc.
Do you think Beane might consciously be going for doubles as relatively cheap offense? Esp. considering the Coliseum's HR unfriendliness.
Should Beane or someone else be doing so, if it isn't intentional? What's the statistical value of a double, or a propensity for 'em?
Edit: And what's a Jones or Martinez worth versus a more mediocre, but HR-hitting player?