Sunday, January 14, 2007

Average Fielding Ranks for Left 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 left fielders rank. Other positions can be found at the links below:

C 1B 2B 3B SS CF RF

The Table below lists Major League left fielders with 600 or more innings in 2006. The leader was speedy Dave Roberts who played for the Padres last year and was recently signed by the Giants. Roberts finished no worse than third on any measure and had an average rank of 2.25. Reed Johnson (3.75) and Ryan Langerhans (5.75) finished second and third. Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez finished last among qualifying left fielders with an AFR of 25.75.

Craig Monroe had an average rank of 19.00 ranging from 14th in DFT to 26th in PMR. That put him in the bottom half of Major League left fielders.


Table 1: Average Fielding Ranks for left fielders in 2006

Player

Team

GP

Innings

Best Rank

Worst Rank

Avg

Roberts

SD

116

970

2

3

2.25

Johnson

Tor

100

635

2

5

3.75

Langerhans

Atl

104

706

1

9

5.75

Soriano

Was

158

1374

3

11

7.25

Bay

Pit

157

1373

1

20

7.75

Murton

ChC

133

1049

4

13

7.75

Cabrera

NYY

116

999

1

22

8.00

Brown

KC

87

719

3

14

8.75

Swisher

Oak

79

655

4

12

9.00

Crawford

TB

148

1252

1

23

11.50

Catalanotto

Tor

101

760

8

21

12.25

Holliday

Col

153

1334

9

17

12.50

Ethier

LA

109

896

8

20

13.00

Michaels

Cle

117

1009

7

23

13.50

Podsednik

CWS

135

1087

6

22

14.25

Ibanez

Sea

157

1397

8

18

14.50

Gonzalez

Ari

150

1315

9

20

15.00

Anderson

LAA

94

813

9

19

16.00

Floyd

NYM

92

768

14

20

16.25

Wilkerson

Tex

80

664

13

25

17.50

Monroe

Det

113

927

14

26

19.00

Burrell

Phi

126

988

16

24

19.25

Bonds

SF

116

875

16

23

20.25

Wilson

Hou/StL

102

873

17

27

21.00

Willingham

Fla

132

1070

20

26

23.25

Lee

Mil/Tex

149

1259

20

25

23.50

Dunn

Cin

156

1321

20

27

24.25

Ramirez

Bos

123

1031

20

28

25.75

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