Ten players who will be unlimited in 2015 under new rule

David Ortiz had just 518 at-bats in 2014 for the Boston Red Sox, which would have left him well short of the 550 level needed to achieve unlimited status in the I-75 League next year under the rule we’ve played with through the 2014 draft.

But this season, we voted in this rule:

Players who accumulated 550 or more actual at-bats or 600 or more actual plate appearances (effective starting the 2015 season) shall be unlimited in the League.

So the handcuffs are off the Chatfield Choo-Choos, who can trot Ortiz out as much as they want next year, thanks to Ortiz having accumulated 602 plate appearances. That includes 75 walks, 3 hit-by-pitches and 6 sac flies. Sacrifice bunts also contribute to a player’s plate-appearances total.

Here are the 10 players for 2015 who would have fallen short of unlimited stature had our previous rules of 550 at-bats been in effect, but now are unlimited because they attained 600-plus plate appearances. (This list is unofficial.)

Carlos Santana of South Grand Prairie (541 ABs but 660 PAs)

Andrew McCutchen of Bismarck (548 ABs but 648 PAs)

Giancarlo Stanton of South Grand Prairie (539 ABs but 638 PAs)

Jayson Werth of Iowa (534 ABs but 629 PAs)

Anthony Rizzo of Superior (524 ABs but 616 PAs)

Adrian Beltre of Springfield (549 ABs but 614 PAs)

Jimmy Rollins of Bismarck (538 ABs but 609 PAs)

Buster Posey of Bushwood (547 ABs but 605 PAs)

Billy Butler of Springfield (549 ABs but 603 PAs)

David Ortiz of Chatfield (518 ABs but 602 PAs)

Bismarck’s Torii Hunter and Springfield’s Matt Kemp are this year’s can’t-buy-a-break guys. Hunter had 549 at-bats to fall just one shy of the AB criteria, and 586 plate appearances, falling 14 shy there. Kemp had 541 ABs and 599 PAs.


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