Cage Match: Ryon Healy vs. Tommy Joseph

by nickmalofy on September 24, 2016

This week, Malofy takes a look at two unknown players who could help you down the stretch.

 

In the red corner, he’s powered the Oakland Athletics at the 3rd base position since his call-up: Ryon Healy!

In the blue corner, he’s been delivering at 1B for the Philadelphia Phillies since his call-up earlier this year: Tommy Joseph!

 

2016 Statistics (Courtesy of Fangraphs.com).

Ryon Healy (3B, OAK) – 62 Gms/242 PA, .301 AVG/.336 OBP/.515 SLG, 11 HR, 31 RBI, 31 runs, 0 SB

Tommy Joseph (1B, PHI) – 99 Gms/333 PA, .261 AVG/.309 OBP/.518 SLG, 21 HR, 45 RBI, 45 runs, 1 SB

 

Plate Patience

Ryon Healy has taken a similar approach to getting on base that teammate Khris Davis has used this year: Swing at everything. Healy has a 4.5% walk rate since his call-up. In the minors he had a similar approach, aside from a stint in AA where he was walking at an 11% clip. His OBP is .336, which is average.

Tommy Joseph has a mediocre .309 OBP of an equally mediocre 5.0% walk rate. Much like Healy, he swings early and swings often with power. He has shown modest discipline in the past; however, is unlikely to be the second coming of Joey Votto at the big league level.

 

Edge: DRAW

 

Contact

Healy has a .301 average off a .339 BABIP. While high, it is similar to what he averaged in the minors. Some luck is involved, but even a small drop off would not send his average plummeting. Healy strikes out 19.4% of his plate appearances, which is around average.

Joseph has a .261 average off a very low .270 BABIP. A pull hitter, he is routinely facing the exaggerated shift and it hurts him. Joseph is striking out in 21.9% of his plate appearances, which is average for a slugger.

 

Edge: HEALY. BABIP and average is higher; however, he can use all fields better.

 

Power

Healy has 11 HR and 31 RBIs and could be a 20+/80+ hitter over a full 600 AB season. Healy is currently sporting a .515 slugging percentage.

Joseph has 21 HR and 45 RBIs in his 99 games. He has a .518 slugging percentage and would be a threat for 30+ HR and 90+ RBIs over a full season, similar to Adam Duvall in Cincinnati.

 

Edge: DRAW. Both have decent power.

 

Speed

Healy has scored 31 runs, yet he has no stolen base on the year.

Joseph has 45 runs scored and one steal this season.

 

Edge: DRAW. Both are not fleet of foot and have similar run totals based on their games played.

 

Team

The Oakland A’s have been abysmal at the dish all season long. Power has been the game, as Khris Davis has 40 HR and 99 RBIs this year, while Marcus Semien has over 20 long balls as well. Danny Valencia, the departed CoCo Crisp, All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt and Yonder Alonso are an underwhelming supporting cast. O.Co Colosseum is an extreme pitcher’s park.

The Philadelphia Phillies have some talented youngsters getting playing time this year. Odubal Herrera has been an on-base machine, while Freddy Galvis, Caesar Hernandez and Cameron Rupp have had extended playing time. Maikel Franco has been average, and veterans such as Carlos Ruiz and Jeff Francoeur played their parts prior to trades. Citizen’s Bank Ballpark is one of the more hitter-friendly locales in baseball.

 

Edge: JOSEPH. Better hitter’s park.

 

Winner: DRAW. If you are in a keeper league and looking for cheap sources of power for next season, keep an eye on either of these two sluggers, who could take big steps forward in their sophomore seasons.

 

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Nick Malofy is the Cage Match contributor at Dobber Baseball and is an avid baseball fan living in Toronto, Canada. He has played the sport recreationally for over 20 years and fantasy-wise for over 15 years. He can often be found rambling about it one way or another on Twitter.

 

 

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