Lowrie, Pedroia Have Their Differences

Red Sox middle infielders Dustin Pedroia and Jed Lowrie seem like similar players. They’re both from the West Coast. They both went on to play college baseball at Pac-10 schools. Both were drafted by the same organization, Pedroia going 65th overall in 2004, and Lowrie going 45th overall in 2005. They played shortstop in the minor leagues, with scouts mixed on their abilities to stay at the position, and neither one is an above-average runner. They are patient hitters who derive much of their value from their abilities to get on base at high rates. There are plenty more similarities between Pedroia and Lowrie, but Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein pointed out some of the differences in the way the two players approach the game.

"They’re both polished middle infielders coming out of the draft who can help, but they’re different," Epstein said. "Dustin’s an outspoken, fiery, hardnosed gamer who gets in anyone’s face, thinks he can hit anyone, and isn’t afraid to talk about it, but Jed is more of a cerebral, almost intellectual type of player who’s a student of the game and is very polished because of his ability and athleticism."

Despite their different personalities, it’s difficult to find two players with more similar overall minor league performance records.

CAREER MINOR LEAGUE STATISTICS
PLAYER AVG OBP SLG OPS PA
Dustin Pedroia .308 .392 .454 .846 1,216
Jed Lowrie .291 .398 .448 .846 1,263

It’s not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison because Pedroia’s numbers include 556 more Triple-A plate appearances than Lowrie’s, but their outputs are remarkably similar.

One key thing that separates Pedroia is how difficult he is to strike out—a skill that translated well for him in his transition to the major leagues—thanks to his pitch recognition and hand-eye coordination.

CAREER MINOR LEAGUE STATISTICS
PLAYER BB SO BB% SO%
Dustin Pedroia 125 77 10.3% 6.3%
Jed Lowrie 165 186 13.1% 14.7%

Pedroia emerged last year as the American League rookie of the year, but Lowrie appears to be headed back to Triple-A Pawtucket to start the 2008 season with no immediate openings on Boston’s 25-man roster.

Minors | #Daily Dish

Add a Comment

comments powered by Disqus