Monday, May 4, 2009

Sean Ratliff on a hitting tear

A hitter doesn't often go 4-4. It's even rarer for a hitter to do that two games in a row. But that's what Savannah's Sean Ratliff has done. Yesterday, he again went 4-4, hitting three doubles, scoring three runs, and driving in three runs. What's more amazing is that in the game previous to yesterday's, Ratliff also hit three doubles. His average is now .354. Even better, his OPS is .940.

Ratliff is making better contact this season. Last season with Brooklyn, he struck out 67 times in 201 at-bats, or 33% of the time. This season, in 99 at-bats he's struck out only 24 times, or 24% of the time.

The 22-year-old lefty has hit both right-handed and left-handed pitchers well. He's hitting .300 against lefties and .367 against righties. And he's doing something that the big club's hitters aren't: He hitting with runners on base. With runners on, he's batting
.373, and with runners in scoring position, he's batting .321.

Expect Ratliff to get promoted soon to St. Lucie. The South Atlantic League pitchers don't seem to be offering him much competition.

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