Diamond Cutter Scouting Report: Ryan Theriot

Theriot gives pitchers headaches (Peter J Preston/Flickr).

Name: Ryan Theriot
Number: 2
Position: Shortstop
Born: 12/7/79
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 5’11″
Weight: 175
Debut: 9/13/05

Scouting Report: Theriot is just the kind of pesky hitter you want at the top of your lineup. In fact, he’s a perfect number two hitter as he not only makes pitchers work, he can also play small ball and move runners over. Theriot does a fantastic job working counts, making pitchers work to get him out and constantly draws walks (on-base machine). He is a shining example of a contact hitter and stays inside the ball very well which allows him to drive the ball to right and right center field. He has virtually no power at all but that isn’t his game so it isn’t a big deal. Very speedy on the base paths and a good base stealer. This really helps out the 3-4-5 hitters after him as the pitcher tends to become distracted with him. Then if they focus on the hitter, he’ll steal a base.

Theriot is a steady glove with steady hands at shortstop with a very smooth transition to the ball. Goes up the middle to track down balls in play much better than in the hole on the left side. Has the tendency to not charge in on balls which sometimes comes back to bite him on bad hops. He doesn’t have the best arm in the world but he is accurate on his throws. Not a flashy player at all, just an overall good guy to have on your team.

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3 Responses to Diamond Cutter Scouting Report: Ryan Theriot

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  2. Your “scouting report” on Theriot is incredibly flawed.

    I’m a Cubs fan and I can tell you that Theriot is TERRIBLE at getting on base. Just look at the stats. .284 avg (ok), .320 OBP (bad-70th in NL). He is the opposite of “constantly drawing walks.” He has only 19 in 388 at bats this season. 118 other players in the NL have more walks than Theriot. And Theriot is 11th in at bats in the NL (388), so he’s had plenty of chances to draw walks, but he simply hasn’t.

    Being tied for 13th in SB in the NL with 16 doesn’t exactly make him a big base stealing threat.

    You are correct in saying “He has virtually no power at all”. 97 of his 110 hits this season are singles. He has only 10 doubles. How about that .327 slugging? That’s only 7 points higher than his on base percentage. I expect a player in Theriot’s position to at least stretch more singles in doubles. But he clearly has not.

    So what exactly is Theriot’s “game”? Basically what you’re getting in Theriot is a singles-only hitter who DOESN’T walk and is above average on the bases. You don’t want him anywhere near the top of your order. He’s a 7 or 8 hitter.

    Here’s an understatement: “he doesn’t have the best arm in the world”. Theriot will kill you defensively. There is no zip on his throws at all. None. Zero.

    Now, Theriot is a nice guy. He tries hard. He’s scrappy. But he’s simply not good enough to be an every day player. And he’s certainly not good enough to be a #2 hitter. Look at the stats.

    • I just realized that this scouting report might have been written before the 2010 season and I might have been too harsh with my last comment. So I looked up Theriot’s 2009 numbers and it turns out he’s the same player in 2010 that he was in 2009.

      2009:
      12th in NL in AB with 602
      54th in NL in walks with 51
      48th in NL in OBP with .343
      30th in NL in BA with .284
      16th in NL in SB with 21

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