C/1B Wynston Sawyer, Surprising Baltimore Orioles' Minor League OBP Leader

In today's baseball world, sabremetrics are among the top analyzing measurements used when evaluating players. We have seen the regular batting average stat get reduced in importance over recent years with more focus turned to on base percentage. You may be surprised to know that C/1B Wynston Sawyer leads all Baltimore Orioles' minor leaguers in OBP.

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Sawyer, 24, was drafted by the Orioles in the eighth round of the 2010 MLB Draft and is having a bit of a break-out season with the High-A Frederick Keys.

Given, it's Sawyer's third straight year with the Keys, but he appears to have turned a corner at the plate, especially with his batting eye.

Coming into 2016, Sawyer had never hit higher than .250 in any season and had not posted an OBP over .336. If there was one thing that he always seemed to do well, it was putting the bat on the ball having never eclipsed the 70 strikeout mark.

This season, serving primarily as Frederick's DH with both the first base and catching positions taken, Sawyer is having a break-out year.

Thus far in 2016, Sawyer is hitting .282 with 16 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 45 RBI and has scored 43 runs over 78 games played. Obviously with the focus of this piece being on Sawyer leading all O's minor leaguers in OBP (among qualifiers), you should be curious what that number is.

Well, it's a robust .417. That's right, his OBP is 135 points higher than his batting average. Sawyer has managed to accomplish this feat by walking an astounding 54 times in his 78 games played. To put that in more perspective, Sawyer has 73 hits this season. Drawing 54 walks in 78 games is incredibly impressive.

As we mentioned, he has never been a guy that struck out a ton, and he has continued that this season having struck out fewer times (48) than the amount of walks he has drawn (54).

Sawyer's .417 OBP is 12 points higher than any other O's minor leaguer with fellow Key' Yermin Mercedes currently second at .405 and Bowie catcher Chance Sisco at .403.

Sawyer also ranks second in the Carolina League in OBP behind just Lynchburg's Greg Allen (.424).

Thanks to a solid OPS and his great OBP, Sawyer leads the entire Carolina League with an .884 OPS, one point higher than teammate Aderlin Rodriguez.

It's nice to see Sawyer take a major step forward this season as he continues to progress in the O's system.


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