JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — Tampa Bay Rays CF Sam Fuld has become one of baseball’s most unlikely stars this season. Thanks to jaw-dropping catches, a rifle of an arm, and clutch hitting, he has captured the imagination of fans both Jewish and not.

Statistics gathered by Jewish Baseball News reader Jack W. provide hard evidence of Fuld’s impact. Through Saturday’s games (4/15/2011), the 29-year-old New Hampshire native ranked among the top American League players in multiple categories:


  • 1st in stolen bases (7)


  • 4th in Z-Contact, the percentage of times a batter makes contact with the ball when swinging at strikes (97.4%)
  • 6th in doubles (5)
  • 7th in batting average (.341)
  • 7th in at-bats per strikeout (11)
  • 7th in extra-base hits (7)


  • 3rd in outfield assists (2)
  • 4th in range factor per nine innings as a left fielder, which is a player’s total putouts and assists divided by nine (2.53)

That’s one all-around player.

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