Jon Lester’s Elite Offense Better Than 60% of MLB Position Players

When big Jon Lester isn’t painting the outside corner with perfectly placed cutters, he’s pimping oppo homers with ease. The legendary lefty’s offensive production is so good that even Cardinals exec John Mozeliak probably wishes Lester was manning first base in St. Louis at the moment.

Indeed, BDJ is now batting .250, walking in 14.3% of his plate apeparances, and putting up a 107 wRC+ with a .336 wOBA. For reference, Daniel Descalso is batting .181 with a .250 wOBA and 50 wRC+. Yup, Lester’s batting average is the same as Descalso’s wOBA. You tell me who you’d rather see pinch-hitting in a big spot?

Lester’s offensive numbers are actually better than 60% of MLB players who get paid to swing a bat. The list just goes on and on and…

Hitters who have worse numbers than Lester (qualified)
Brian Anderson 106
Kole Calhoun 106
Avisail Garcia 106
Starling Marte 105
Josh Reddick 105
Eric Hosmer 105
Wilson Ramos 104
Miguel Cabrera 104
Paul Goldschmidt 103
Michael Chavis 103
Elvis Andrus 102
Andrew Benintendi 102
Adam Eaton 102
Jonathan Schoop 102
Ryan Braun 102
Jesse Winker 102
Freddy Galvis 101
Joey Votto 100
J.T. Realmuto 99
Evan Longoria 99
Jean Segura 98
Jonathan Villar 98
Yasiel Puig 98
Ian Desmond 98
Cesar Hernandez 97
Brian Dozier 97
Adam Frazier 96
Kyle Schwarber 96
Kevin Kiermaier 95
Miguel Rojas 95
Marwin Gonzalez 95
Victor Robles 95
Khris Davis 95
Leury Garcia 94
Albert Pujols 92
Jackie Bradley Jr. 91
Wil Myers 91
Nomar Mazara 90
Adam Jones 90
Adalberto Mondesi 89
Matt Carpenter 89
Nick Ahmed 88
Amed Rosario 88
Jake Bauers 88
Hanser Alberto 87
Stephen Piscotty 87
Christin Stewart 87
Kolten Wong 86
Dwight Smith Jr. 86
Willy Adames 85
Niko Goodrum 85
Randal Grichuk 84
Enrique Hernandez 82
Jose Iglesias 82
Mallex Smith 80
Asdrubal Cabrera 79
Orlando Arcia 77
Kevin Pillar 76
Jason Kipnis 76
Maikel Franco 74
Lorenzo Cain 72
Jurickson Profar 72
Jose Ramirez 71
Yolmer Sanchez 71
Yadier Molina 71
Brandon Crawford 70
Joe Panik 67
Rougned Odor 63
Starlin Castro 62

Sure, Lester has only batted 28 times this season, but he’s also pitched over 100 innings. Don’t ever forget that Jon Lester is an athlete.

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Brendan Miller

Brendan Miller is part of the Cubs Related Podcast duo with Corey Freedman. Brendan, who has twice as many Twitter followers as Corey, often writes about baseball analytics and scouting for Cubs Insider.

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