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The best-hitting outfielder in baseball right now? Would you believe Michael Cuddyer?

Jun 28, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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Pardon me for the incredibly nerdy way of making this point, but the ratio between Michael Cuddyer‘s on-field production and the amount of press he’s received is way out of whack. Hardly anyone has talked about the guy, yet he rates as baseball’s fifth-best hitter overall, going by weighted on-base average (.424 wOBA). In fact, there isn’t a better hitting outfielder in baseball and the only ones who come close are teammate Carlos Gonzalez (.410) and Mike Trout (.399).

Cuddyer had three hits in four trips to the dish last night against the Mets, bumping his hitting streak up to 24 games. Dante Bichette had held the club record with a 23-game hitting streak. Cuddyer has also reached base in each of his last 43 games, breaking a record held previously by Todd Helton and Andres Galarraga at 41 games.

It may not be sustainable, but you can’t argue with his .351/.402/.597 slash line right now. The 34-year-old is deserving of his second career All-Star nomination.

Update: Cuddyer hit a two-run home run off of Giants starter Barry Zito in the third inning tonight, extending his hitting streak to 25 games and his on-base streak to 44 games.

  1. undeadjesus - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Plus he can play any position on the field, if yer in a pinch. He even pitched one time while with the Twins. Guy is a gamer.

    • moogro - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Agreed. Super-utility player.

  2. ndnut - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    As a Twinkies fan, I am not surprised by this at all. He was my favorite player based on 1. His super utility ability. 2. His hitting. 3. His cannon of an arm 4. His hard working attitude/personality, which lead to 5. His relatability.

  3. gorsk7984 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    If only the twins had kept him and Gomez…

  4. mnwildfan15 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Class act make The Killer proud Cuddy

  5. sometogethernow - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    the ratio between Michael Cuddyer‘s on-field production and the amount of press he’s received is way out of whack.

    Maybe making up for their having the opposite relationship for so much of his time with the Twins.

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