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July 9, 2009

College shortstops fielding stats

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 9, 2009 12:09 pm

Jeff Sackmann:

I’m working with a college play-by-play database that goes back through 2007. It has much of the information that play-by-play defensive metrics use to measure professional fielding skill, except for the type of batted ball (grounder, line drive, etc.) on base hits. … While we’re at it, let’s look at a smattering of high draft picks from one year ago. Again, only players above the BIP threshold are included; the numbers include two seasons worth of data, and are regressed based on playing time.

Player            School              +/-
Crawford Brandon  Ucla                 23
Beckham Gordon    Georgia              22
Espinosa Danny    Long Beach State     19
Marseco Michael   Samford              17  

… I can’t imagine many of you expected to see Gordon Beckham (a second baseman? a third baseman? anything but a shortstop!) near the top. He put up nearly equal sterling performances in his last two college seasons.

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