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August 3, 2009

BDD’s Defensive Metrics series: 3B

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ August 3, 2009 8:43 pm
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Brian Joseph:

While UZR/150 is the stat du jour for many when it comes to defensive stats, there are plenty of statistics available that offer us some insight on defensive performance. For this reason, I thought it would be a great exercise to look at as many defensive metrics — from the unpopular fielding % and RF/9 to the very popular fielding value and UZR/150 — and rank them by position for each league. The next step was to add those rankings up and come up with a cumulative ranking at each position. Over the next week or so, I will look at each position around the Majors and present how the players ranked out at each position and which metrics were used (and where I pulled the data from).

Here is the 3B enty:

3B (Fielding %, RF/9, UZR/150, F2O%, bF2O%, RZR, OOZ, Fielding Value, +/-)

Minor-League Midseason TotalZone numbers (defense)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 3, 2009 7:35 pm
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Jeff Sackmann:

In February, Sean (“Chone”) Smith applied his TotalZone defensive metric to the last few years of minor league data. The resulting numbers confirmed some opinions, questioned some conventional wisdom, and helped us better understand the relationship between fielding at various levels of professional baseball. Sean or I will probably go further in depth when the 2009 season is in the books, but while we wait, we’ve run TZ for the full-season minors through games of July 31. Read on for some of the highlights. … Notable to my eye, though with extra sample-size caveats, is Gordon Beckham (yes, at shortstop), who comes in at +6 in very limited time at the position. It’s encouraging to see him there, since my own college fielding algorithm rated Beckham one of the best defenders in the college game in 2007-08. And—lookee here!—just above Beckham on the 2007-08 college list is…Brandon Crawford! For all the warnings we have to throw around with defensive stats, it’s great to see different systems supporting each other.

For more players go to minorleaguesplits.com. Here’s Tyler Flowers ; Click “Defense.” And Jordan Danks. And Dayan Viciedo. And Jared Mitchell.

Scott Linebrink on his guitar skills

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 3, 2009 5:07 pm

Tribune:

Not only does Peavy get to renew a friendship on the Sox with former Padre Scott Linebrink, he gets a guitar partner. Both players keep guitars stashed in their lockers and Peavy played in a band with former Padre Tim Flannery and performed live with country singer Pat Green during a concert at PETCO Park. Are they good guitarists? “I don’t think it’s going to pay any bills,” Linebrink said.

Your pitching shouldn’t either Scott.

John Sickels on Jared Mitchell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 3, 2009 2:50 pm
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John Sickels:

Jared Mitchell Watch: .286/.400/.429 in 13 games for Kannapolis, but with some interesting splits. He’s hitting .323/.432/.516 against right-handers, but just .182/.308/.182 against lefties. Yes, the sample sizes are way too small to mean much at this point, but the platoon differential is worth tracking considering the rawness scouts detected in his game at LSU. He’s drawn eight walks in 50 plate appearances, a strong ratio in line with his college numbers, but has also struck out 14 times, also in line with his college numbers.

Gordon Beckham: .311/.374/.486/.860

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 3, 2009 1:11 pm
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OPS: .860. wOBA: .370. BABIP: .331.  Value: $4.6 million.

Rich Lederer on the Jake Peavy trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 3, 2009 12:59 pm
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Rich Lederer:

Peavy is a fantastic pitcher when healthy but, like an overpriced stock, may not be a good value at this point. He is clearly worth more to a team like the White Sox than the Padres.

BTW, THT’s Adam Guttridge doesn’t like it at all.

BDD’s Defensive Metrics series: 1B & 2B

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ August 3, 2009 12:42 pm
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Brian Joseph:

While UZR/150 is the stat du jour for many when it comes to defensive stats, there are plenty of statistics available that offer us some insight on defensive performance. For this reason, I thought it would be a great exercise to look at as many defensive metrics — from the unpopular fielding % and RF/9 to the very popular fielding value and UZR/150 — and rank them by position for each league. The next step was to add those rankings up and come up with a cumulative ranking at each position. Over the next week or so, I will look at each position around the Majors and present how the players ranked out at each position and which metrics were used (and where I pulled the data from).

Here are the 1B and 2B entries:

1B (Fielding %, RF/9, UZR/150, F2O%, bF2O%, RZR, OOZ, Fielding Value, +/-)

2B (Fielding %, RF/9, UZR/150, F2O%, DPR, RZR, OOZ, Fielding Value, +/-)

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