There is a famous scene in the movie Moneyball where Billy Beane is battling scouts over the way he wants his franchise to be viewed. Oakland had just lost three key players and had a tight budget. Beane’s assistant came up with a formula for how to replace the runs those key players manufactured: on-base percentage.
Duke Ellis gets on base. He is the only player to top Texas Tech’s Josh Jung for the 2018 Big 12 batting title. Despite hitting just one home run all season long, Ellis had a .390 batting average and a .484 on-base percentage against Big 12 opponents. Home runs are fancy, but many sluggers struggle to get on base. You see their strikeout numbers in the stratusphere. Ellis gets on base. When he’s on base, he’s dangerous. The 6-foot-2, 170 pound junior is a thorn in the side of every defense. Not only is he a tough out at the plate, but he is highly successful in stolen bases too. In 2018, he was successful in 16 of his 18 steal attempts.
Prior to his arrival at Texas, Ellis had produced more triples (5) at Panola Junior College than home runs (4). A 20th round draft pick in 2017, Ellis will be draft eligible again this season.
Here is the rest of the Top 25.
No. 25: Baylor 1B/C Shea Langeliers
No. 24: WVU Utility Tyler Doanes
No. 23: WVU IF Marques Inman
No. 22: Oklahoma State OF Trevor Boone
No. 21: Baylor OF Richard Cunningham
No. 20: Kansas State OF Will Brennan
No. 19: West Virginia OF Darius Hill
No. 18: TCU LHP Nick Lodolo
No. 17: OU RPH Nathan Wiles
No. 16: Oklahoma State OF Carson McCusker
No. 15: TCU OF Josh Watson
No. 14: Baylor IF Nick Loftin
No. 13: Texas Tech utility Brian Klein
No. 12: Oklahoma State C/OF Colin Simpson
No. 11: Kansas IF James Cosentino
No. 10: Oklahoma IF Brylie Ware
No. 9: Baylor IF Davis Wendzel
No. 8: Texas Tech RHP Caleb Kilian
No. 7: Texas RHP Donny Diaz
No. 6: Texas Tech IF/OF Gabe Holt
No. 5: TCU Pitcher Jared Janczak
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