Best Whiffer - 2009
Mark Reynolds, Arizona Diamondbacks
Mark Reynolds is a slugger, and with that comes strikeouts. But the Diamondbacks' third baseman, who has 42 home runs to lead the team at presstime, also has 200 strikeouts, on pace to lead the majors in whiffs again. Oh, he's also on pace to almost lead the majors in homers. Only the incredible Albert Pujos, the St. Louis Cardinals first baseman and perennial power hitter, has more homers at presstime, 47. Striking out is nothing new for Reynolds. He struck out 204 times last year to set a major league record for a single season (such an honor!).
But Reynolds is only 26, and this was his third season in the majors. He gets better every year as a slugger, improving his home run total hugely over the '08 season when he had 28. His batting average also went from .239 to .272. Despite the strikeouts, he's a keeper for the D-Backs.