Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Average Range Rank for Shortstops

Before I dive into my sabermetrics today, I’ll mention that I ran into an old acquaintance from my AOL days. Like many in the blogosphere, he does not use his real name and refers to himself simply as "Bads". Anyway, I found out that he has started a baseball blog over on AOL. He calls it: Many Go. Few Understand. It looks like he does quite a bit of sabermetrics as well. Now back to my endless discussion of fielding range.


Over the weekend, I introduced my Average Range Rank (I’ll call it ARR) statistic. What I do is rank each player on four popular fielding range metrics: range factor, zone rating, David Gassko’s range and David Pinto’s Probabilistic Model of Range. I then took the average rank of the four metrics. On Sunday, I looked at third basemen. Today, I’ll deal with shortstops. The Table below lists all shortstops with 600 or innings in 2005.


Carlos Guillen finished 13th among 29 qualifying shortstops with an ARR of 13.8. His ranks varied from 7 (PMR) to 21 (Zone rating). The top 4 shortstops in baseball were all National Leaguers – Rafael Furcal (2.8), Neifi Perez (4.5), Jack Wilson (4.5) and Clint Barmes (4.5). The worst ARR belonged to Russ Adams (27.3).



Table: Average Range Rank for Shortstops in 2005


Player

Team

Innings

Best Rank

Worst Rank

ARR

Furcal

Atl

1306

1

7

2.8

Perez

ChC

1063

2

8

4.5

Wilson

Pit

1360

1

10

4.5

Barmes

Col

682

1

16

6.5

Crosby

Oak

743

5

16

7.8

Izturis

LAD

918

4

13

9.3

Lugo

TB

1339

3

15

9.3

Gonzalez

Fla

1087

6

12

9.5

Everett

Hou

1292

3

20

10.5

Vizquel

SF

1292

4

19

11.0

Eckstein

StL

1341

2

18

11.5

Uribe

CWS

1293

7

21

11.5

Guillen

Det

625

7

21

13.8

Tejada

Bal

1395

9

24

14.8

Greene

SD

1029

6

27

16.5

Peralta

Cle

1232

9

27

16.8

Rollins

Phi

1356

8

28

16.8

Scutaro

Oak

663

10

20

16.8

Jeter

NYY

1353

7

24

18.5

Cabrera

LAA

1241

14

25

19.5

Clayton

Ari

1177

16

25

20.0

Renteria

Bos

1293

12

26

20.3

Hardy

Mil

938

10

29

20.5

Berroa

KC

1360

12

25

21.0

Guzman

Was

1161

16

28

21.5

Reyes

NYM

1398

22

24

23.0

Lopez

Cin

1175

17

27

24.0

Young

Tex

1356

19

29

25.8

Adams

Tor

1100

23

29

27.3

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