Sunday, January 28, 2007

Average Fielding Rank for Catchers in 2006

In an earlier post, I introduced my system for combining fielding metrics. I rank players at each position on 4 fielding evaluation systems (ZR, PMR, DFT and Fielding Bible Awards) and arrive at an Average Fielding Rank (AFR). Today, I'll look at the catchers. I will not include zone rating for catchers because there is so little variation in the measure. Almost half the catchers had a zone rating of 100%. So, the catcher rating is based on the average of PMR, DFT and Fielding Bible Awards. Since I don't plan to rank the pitchers at this time, this will be my final installment in the fielding rank series. The other positions can be found at the links below

1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF

The Table below lists Major League catchers with 600 or more innings in 2006. Ivan Rodriguez was the leader with an Average Fielding Rank of 1.33. He finished first in PMR and Fielding Bible Awards and second in DFT. Yadier Molina (4.67) and Miguel Olivo (6.00) finished second and third respectively. Mike Piazza ranked last with an AFR of 27.0.


Table 1: Average Fielding Ranks for catchers in 2006

Player

Team

GP

Inn

Best Rank

Worst Rank

AFR

Rodriguez

Det

123

1054

1

2

1.33

Molina

StL

127

1037

1

11

4.67

Olivo

Fla

124

971

3

10

6.00

Ausmus

Hou

138

1125

5

12

8.00

Posada

NYY

134

1050

3

16

8.67

Schneider

Was

123

990

8

10

9.33

Mauer

Min

120

1059

4

20

10.00

Martin

LA

117

1015

4

14

10.33

Varitek

Bos

99

822

9

12

11.00

Johjima

Sea

144

1173

9

13

11.33

Kendall

Oak

141

1254

8

17

11.67

Barajas

Tex

94

825

4

23

14.33

Napoli

LAA

94

716

8

23

14.33

Molina

LAA

76

603

5

25

15.33

Ross

Cin

75

621

8

22

15.67

Hernandez

Bal

135

1094

6

26

16.00

Navarro

LA/TB

78

654

7

23

16.67

Pierzynski

CWS

132

1125

6

24

16.67

Lo Duca

NYM

118

1027

3

25

17.00

Hall

LA/TB

82

628

2

27

17.33

Paulino

Pit

124

1047

16

19

17.33

Alfonzo

SF

84

700

12

23

19.00

Miller

Mil

98

840

11

28

19.33

Molina

Tor

99

842

15

26

20.67

Buck

KC

112

930

15

27

21.33

McCann

Atl

124

1016

19

24

21.33

Estrada

Ari

108

925

13

30

22.00

Barrett

ChC

102

852

18

30

23.67

Martinez

Cle

133

1110

21

28

24.00

Piazza

SD

99

718

23

29

27.00

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