When the Nationals signed Jayson Werth, we decided to take a look at the numbers behind the man who the club just shelled out $126 million to. We had so much fun with it, we decided to do the same and take a look at Matt Stairs long wondering career. Here we decided to continue the trend, checking out one of the more unique baseball players in the last 20 years, Rick Ankiel.
31 – The age Ankiel will be at the start of the 2011 season.
162 – The number of batters Ankiel struck out in 74 innings pitched his senior year of high school.
194 – The number of strikeouts Ankiel had for the Cardinals in 2000 as a pitcher, more than any current Nationals has had in a single season.
5 – The number of wild pitches Rick Ankiel threw in the third inning of game 1 of the 2000 NLDS, starting the downward slide of his pitching career.
11 – The amount of MLB games Ankiel played between 2000 and 2007
2nd – Place Ankiel finished in the 2000 Rookie of the Year award after going 11-7 with a 3.50 ERA and 194 strikeouts, losing only to Rafael Furcal.
2nd – Round Ankiel was drafted in in the 1997 MLB Draft
$2,500,000 – Ankiel’s signing bonus out of high school, the highest contract he signed until his second career as a hitter in 2009.
20 – The age Rick Ankiel was in 2000, making him the youngest guy in the league.
2 - Publications who named Ankiel the Minor League Player of the Year in 1999 – USA Today and Baseball America.
3.2 – The UZR Ankiel posted as an outfielder for the Cardinals in just 47 games in 2007.
-11.9 – The UZR Ankiel posted as a full-time outfielder for the Cardinals in 2008.
10.8 – The walk percentage Ankiel posted in 2010, the highest of his MLB career.
.312 – Ankiel’s dreadful career OBP
25 – Home runs Ankiel hit in 2008
33% – The amount of pitches Ankiel swings at outside the strikezone in his career
They Said It
Choosing to start rookie Rick Ankiel in game one of the NLDS over Darryl Kyle “was a decision that perhaps haunt him more than any other he has ever made,” according to Tony La Russa in his book Three Nights in August.