1. Much better contact hitter than his first time around as a Tiger.
He struck out 112 times in 503 at-bats as a Tiger in 2004 – but only 67 times in 579 at-bats with Marlins last year (with only slightly higher ratio this season).
2. Probably won’t be, but he can be used as a shortstop.
He was no stranger to short in his best years with Atlanta.
3. Not a huge threat on the bases, but pitchers can’t take him for granted.
His 10 stolen bases this year already are the most he’s had since 2004.
4, By why was he so available?
Possibly because he hit .317 this year in 164 at-bats through June 1 with six home runs and 20 RBI, but only .256 with two home runs and 13 RBI, also in 164 at-bats, since June 1.
5. Batting average with runners in scoring position: .345 in 2010, .266 in 2011, .211 this year