Monday, October 29, 2007

Runs Created by AL Shortstops and Edgar Renteria

In light of today's trade, I'll continue my runs created by position series with shortstops. The table below includes American League shortstops with 300 or my PA. I also added Edgar Renteria to the list and as you can see, he ranked ahead of all American League shortstops with 6.8 Runs Created per Game in 2007. Derek Jeter and Carlos Guillen were the real league leaders at 6.2. Now, we can't expect Renteria to create that many runs next year as his career average is 5.2 RC/G but even that is above average for a shortstop.

There is some concern about the sub-par year (4.5 RC/G) he had in the American League for the Red Sox in 2005. He also had a lot of trouble defensively that year. However, I believe his problems had to do with a quiet sensitive player playing in the frenzied Boston environment and were not because he can't handle the American League. I believe he will produce as well as or better than the Sean Casey (5.1 RC/G) who he'll effectively be replacing in the line-up.

Table 1: Runs Created by AL Shortstops (and Edgar Renteria) in 2007

Rank

Player

Team

PA

RC/G

RC

1

Renteria

ATL

543

6.8

88

2

Jeter

NYA

714

6.2

108

3

Guillen

DET

630

6.2

99

4

Tejada

BAL

569

5.3

76

5

Cabrera

LAA

701

5.2

92

6

Young

TEX

692

5.2

89

7

Peralta

CLE

647

5.2

85

8

Harris

TB

576

5.0

75

9

Bartlett

MIN

570

4.7

68

10

Betancourt

SEA

559

4.6

68

11

Scutaro

OAK

379

4.0

40

12

Lugo

BOS

630

3.5

60

13

Uribe

CHA

563

3.4

53

14

Pena

KC

536

3.1

46

15

Crosby

OAK

374

3.0

32

16

McDonald

TOR

353

3.0

30

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