Monday, January 08, 2007

Average Fielding Ranks for Shortstops in 2006

In an earlier post, I introduced my system for combining fielding metrics. I rank players at a particular 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 how the shortstops rank. The other positions can be found at the following links:

C 1B 2B 3B LF CF RF

The Table below lists Major League shortstops with 600 or more innings in 2006. Adam Everett was the run away leader at 1.75, ranking 3rd or better on all 4 metrics. Craig Counsell (6.50) and Omar Vizquel finished 2nd and 3rd. Felipe Lopez (26.50) was the lowest ranking shortstop finishing no higher than 23rd on any measure.

Carlos Guillen had an AFR of 18.50. His ranks were all over the place ranging from 7th on PMR to 28th on DFT. He's one example why I think a system like this is useful. Personally, I think middle of the pack makes more sense for him than 7th or 28th.


Table 1: Average Fielding Ranks for Shortstops in 2006



Player

Team

GP

Innings

Best Rank

Worst Rank

Avg

Everett

Hou

149

1292

1

3

1.75

Counsell

Ari

88

737

4

9

6.50

Vizquel

SF

152

1281

2

12

6.75

Greene

SD

113

998

3

10

8.00

Gonzalez

Bos

111

966

4

21

10.50

Furcal

LA

156

1371

4

20

10.75

Uribe

CWS

132

1130

2

16

10.75

Barmes

Col

125

1073

7

18

11.00

Bartlett

Min

99

880

3

22

11.00

Wilson

Pit

131

1130

6

18

11.25

Young

Tex

155

1356

2

21

12.50

Eckstein

StL

120

1029

7

17

12.75

Peralta

Cle

147

1275

1

23

13.50

Rollins

Phi

157

1378

3

28

14.50

Lugo

LA/TB

81

648

4

24

14.75

Hall

Mil

127

1090

1

24

15.25

McDonald

Tor

90

662

13

21

16.25

Cabrera

LAA

152

1321

11

22

16.50

Betancourt

Sea

157

1374

6

28

18.00

Reyes

NYM

149

1320

6

30

18.00

Guillen

Det

145

1235

7

28

18.50

Cedeno

ChC

134

1130

12

24

18.75

Jeter

NYY

150

1292

8

29

19.25

Tejada

Bal

150

1294

9

27

19.50

Renteria

Atl

146

1265

14

26

19.75

Crosby

Oak

95

828

8

27

20.50

Ramirez

Fla

154

1323

18

30

21.50

Clayton

Cin/Was

129

1055

18

26

23.25

Berroa

KC

131

1117

24

28

25.25

Lopez

Cin/Was

155

1337

23

30

26.50

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