I dug through the bbref pages to pull up the platoon splits for Austin, Cron, Cave and Cruz, including their minors numbers (but not Cruz' minors; plenty to go on from his MLB resume).Here are the results, which were somewhat surprising to me:
Player PA vs RHP OPS vs RHP PA vs LHP OPS vs LHP
Austin 2144 .....834.... 927... .811
Cron 2716... .790...1030 ....833
Cave 2355....815... 836... .632
Cruz4651....835.... 1767 ... .927
So Cruz, unsurprisingly, is the best player of the four, regardless of the starting pitcher.Signing him should help the team, depending, of course, on how much he declines.Note that Cruz OPSed over 850 in two of the past three years versus right handers.
The second most valuable player from that group, in my view, is Austin.He has hit RHP just as well as Nelson Cruz over his career!
Cave looks like the third most valuable, with an OPS north of 800 against RHP, which is more than 70% of the ABs.Of course, as a lefty with Kepler and Rosario, he doesn't have a good path to ABs in the OF, and he doesn't hit righties better than Austin or Cruz, either.And he is terrible versus lefties.
Cron looks weakest from this group.Sure, he mashes lefties, but not much more than Austin, and definitely not more than Cruz.
Edited by AlwaysinModeration, 12 December 2018 - 09:02 AM.