Friday, January 12, 2007

Average Fielding Ranks for First Basemen 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 first basemen rank. Other positions can be found at the links below:

C 2B 3B SS LF CF RF

The Table below lists Major League first basemen with 600 or more innings in 2006. The leader was perennial MVP candidate Albert Pujols with an AFR of 3.25. Pujols ranked 10th on zone rating but was 1st on the other 3 measures. Adrian Gonzalez finished 2nd at 5.50 and Mark Teixeira was next at 6.75. This year's MVP Ryan Howard finished at the bottom with an AFR of 21.50.

Chris Shelton (AFR=12.00) led the majors in zone ranking but finished 18th in DFT and Fielding Bible awards. Sean Casey, who of course split time with the Pirates and Tigers, had an AFR of 15.75. Like Shelton he was all over the board finishing 4th in zone ranking but 27th in PMR.


Table 1: Average Fielding Ranks for First basemen in 2006


Player

Team

GP

Innings

Best Rank

Worst Rank

Avg

Pujols

StL

143

1244

1

10

3.25

Gonzalez

SD

155

1341

2

8

5.50

Teixeira

Tex

159

1399

2

16

6.75

Mientkiewicz

KC

90

725

2

22

7.50

Overbay

Tor

145

1233

6

18

11.00

Johnson

Oak

85

715

3

20

11.25

Garciaparra

LA

118

1017

5

26

11.75

Johnson

Was

147

1252

8

17

12.00

Morneau

Min

153

1346

8

18

12.00

Shelton

Det

115

913

1

18

12.00

LaRoche

Atl

142

1153

6

20

12.50

Youkilis

Bos

127

1030

4

21

12.50

Lee

TB

112

865

6

21

13.00

Berkman

Hou

112

923

9

20

13.75

Hatteberg

Cin

131

1089

2

23

14.50

Helton

Col

145

1272

7

22

15.00

Sexson

Sea

150

1310

3

26

15.25

Jackson

Ari

129

1079

4

26

15.50

Casey

Det/Pit

106

874

4

27

15.75

Broussard

Cle/Sea

90

642

4

23

16.00

Millar

Bal

98

792

8

24

16.75

Fielder

Mil

152

1319

10

25

17.25

Swisher

Oak

90

700

12

22

17.75

Delgado

NYM

141

1246

7

23

18.25

Konerko

CWS

140

1182

10

27

18.50

Jacobs

Fla

124

972

14

25

20.75

Howard

Phi

159

1412

15

27

21.50

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