Monday, January 15, 2007

Average Fielding Ranks for Center Fielders 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 how the center fielders rank. Other positions can be found at the links below:

C 1B 2B 3B SS LF RF

The Table below lists Major League center fielders with 600 or more innings in 2006. The leader was Carlos Beltran of the Mets with an AFR of 2.75. Beltran's ranks ranged from 1st on PMR and Fielding Bible Awards to 6th on zone rating. Next on the list was Corey Patterson of the Orioles at 3.50. Ken Griffey Jr., once one of baseballs finest center fielders, finished last at 25.25.

Curtis Granderson finished 3rd in baseball with an Average Fielding Rank of 6.50. I still hear talk, mostly from fans, about him being more suitable for a corner outfield spot but the evidence suggests otherwise. He finished 1st in DFT, 5th in the Fielding Bible Awards. 9th in PMR and 11th in Zone Ranking.


Table 1: Average Fielding Ranks for center fielders in 2006

Player

Team

GP

Innings

Best Rank

Worst Rank

Avg

Beltran

NYM

136

1184

1

6

2.75

Patterson

Bal

134

1079

1

7

3.50

Granderson

Det

157

1312

1

11

6.50

Taveras

Hou

138

1117

1

10

7.25

Pierre

ChC

162

1426

2

16

8.75

Anderson

CWS

134

966

2

18

9.25

Cameron

SD

141

1244

5

14

9.75

Edmonds

StL

99

792

7

13

10.50

Gathright

KC/TB

130

1017

6

19

10.50

Byrnes

Ari

123

1051

5

20

11.75

Hunter

Min

143

1232

5

20

12.75

Wells

Tor

150

1290

3

21

12.75

Jones

Atl

153

1317

2

25

13.50

Sizemore

Cle

160

1379

9

22

13.75

Figgins

LAA

96

829

12

18

14.75

Rowand

Phi

107

901

12

22

14.75

Damon

NYY

131

1087

4

23

15.25

Duffy

Pit

77

672

4

21

15.50

Baldelli

TB

91

749

11

20

16.50

Crisp

Bos

103

901

5

26

16.50

Finley

SF

130

973

9

23

16.50

Clark

Mil

114

911

7

21

17.00

Matthews

Tex

142

1227

3

24

17.00

Sullivan

Col

114

841

17

25

20.00

Kotsay

Oak

127

1047

13

26

21.50

Lofton

LA

120

961

20

26

22.50

Griffey

Cin

100

870

20

27

25.25

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