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Shockers' OPS list full of familiarity

* Wichita State junior catcher Chris O’Brien is having an All-America like season behind the plate and especially at the plate.Chris O'BrienO’Brien, who has come into his own as offensive force this season, is batting .408 with 23 doubles, seven homers and 59 RBI as the Shockers prepare for a game tonight against Oral Roberts.

O’Brien has a slugging percentage of .631 and an on-base percentage of .477. That’s a combined 1.108 OPS (combined slugging and on-base percentage) and I knew it had to be among the best in Shocker history.

It is, provided you consider ranking No. 32 as being among the best.

It’s been a while since a Wichita State lineup produced the way the Shockers used to back in the day. You can make a case that the 2008 team that came within a game of reaching the College World Series before dropping a Super Regional series to Florida State was that type of team, and indeed two Shockers from the ’08 squad rank above O’Brien in OPS.

I think OPS is a great indicator of a player’s offensive worth. Not only does it value hitting the ball and hitting it for power, it also rewards walks and other less glamorous ways of getting on base. And O’Brien is clearly the offensive force of the Shockers’ team in 2011. Interestingly, his father, Charlie, is one of the players who has had a better OPS as a Shocker. Here’s the full list:

1. Pat Magness, 1.431, 1998

2. Jeff Ryan, 1.415, 1998

3. Russ Morman, 1.369, 1983

4. Mike Davis, 1.333, 1980

5. Phil Stephenson, 1.324, 1981

6. Mark Standiford, 1.318, 1988

7. Joe Carter, 1.311, 1979

8. Phil Stephenson, 1.308, 1982

9. Eric Wedge, 1.265, 1989

10. Phil Stephenson, 1.264, 1980

11. Joe Carter, 1.249, 1980

12. Zach Sorensen, 1.246, 1998

13. Phil Stephenson, 1.244, 1979

14. Bruce Morrison, 1.241, 1979

15. Bob Bomerito, 1.223, 1978

16. Kevin Penner, 1.220, 1983

17. Casey Blake, 1.210, 1996

18. Joe Carter, 1.205, 1981

19. Russ Morman, 1.199, 1982

20. Conor Gillaspie, 1.197, 2008

21. Mark Standiford, 1.187, 1985

22. Bruce Morrison, 1.181, 1981

23. Jim Spring, 1.178, 1983

24. Tim Raley, 1.175, 1987

25. Jason Adams, 1.165, 1995

26. Drew Moffitt, 1.158, 2004

27. Dan Juenke, 1.147, 1985

28. Damon sublett, 1.142, 2006

29. Darren Dreiford, 1.141, 1993

30. Mike McDonald, 1.132, 1989

31. Andy Dirks, 1.130, 2008

32. Charlie O’Brien, 1.120, 1981

33. Toby Smith, 1.110, 1993

34. Chris O’Brien, 1.108, 2011

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