A. The powerful switch hitter, and catcher of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Doumit returned from the DL in July after missing nearly 3 months with a wrist injury.
Q. *WHY IS DOUMIT WORTH NOTING?*
A. Aside from being one of the last Pirates ‘on deck’ after the recent trades, Doumit is quickly becoming the team’s power-at-bat with the losses of Adam LaRoche and Nate McLouth.
Q. *HOW HAS HE PROGRESSED?*
A. In 2007, Doumit played 83 games with 69 hits, 9 homeruns, and 32 RBI’s. This season – Doumit’s played a mere 44 games, while managing 39 hits, 7 homeruns, and 29 RBI’s. When you factor in the injury he sustained, that’s a considerable jump in homeruns and RBI’s in comparison… (Not to mention, nearly a garenteed hit every game…)
Q. *HOW ABOUT CAREER HIGHLITES?*
A. 2008 was arguably Doumit’s finest season to date. In 431 at bats, he made contact an astounding 137 times, (.318 AVG,) – with an on-base percentage of .357, and a slug-percentage of .501. If these stats don’t impress you, consider the leap he made from the 2007 season when he batted a mediocre .274 with an on-base percentage of .341…
Q. *HOW CAN YOU JUSTIFY HIS POWER?*
A. To the naked eye, Doumit’s been a professional baseball player for 5 years and hasn’t even hit 50 career homeruns yet. However, out of the 5 years he’s played in the major leagues – only one season allowed Doumit to make an appearance in 100 games or more. (In 2008, Doumit played in 116 games and had 15 homeruns.) As I stated above – Doumit’s made an appearance in 44 games this season, with 7 homeruns to date. That’s half the amount of homeruns he had last year in 72 less games!
– *And that’s why you should get to know: Ryan Doumit