Friday, January 02, 2009

Ranking the second basemen - 2008

This is the second part of my series on fielding in 2008. The table of contents for the rest of the series is listed below:

Intro to series and ranking of first basemen
Third basemen
Shortstops
Left fielders
Center fielders
Right fielders
Adding Arms to the outfield


Today, I'll look at fielding statistics for second basemen in 2008. These are the measures:
They are discussed in detail in the Fielding Glossary.

Table 1 lists the second basemen with over 700 innings in 2008. The results are highlighted below:

The good: Chase Utley (20 runs saved above average per 150 games) finished first on all four BIS based measures while Mark Ellis (+19) had the best Zone Rating. Ellis and Brandon Phillips (+13) tied for first in the eyes of the fans.

The bad: Jeff Kent (14 runs saved below average per 150 games), Felipe Lopez (-14) and Ray Durham (-13) had the worst aggregate scores. Kelly Johnson also ranked poorly on every system.

The Tiger: Placido Polanco (+11) rated above average on every system and ranked 4th overall.

The disagreements: The systems disagreed on several players. One player of note was Dan Uggla who rated well above average on RZR and PMR, average on UZR and below average on ZR and the fan scouting report. Another was Orlando Hudson who looked good according to PMR and the fans but not so good according to ZR, RZR and UZR.

Table 1: Range statistics for second basemen in 2008

Player

Team

Inn

ZR

RZR

PMR

+/-

UZR

Fans

ARS

Utley

Phi

1,395

9

28

20

34

20

8

20

Ellis

Oak

1,011

18

27

8

26

18

18

19

Phillips

Cin

1,237

6

14

10

14

15

18

13

Polanco

Det

1,201

5

19

15

12

4

10

11

Cabrera

Cle

776

2

4

14

N/A

7

16

9

Pedroia

Bos

1,376

13

2

1

11

9

10

8

Roberts

Bal

1,320

4

7

1

N/A

-0

11

5

Kendrick

LAA

776

1

-3

16

N/A

-1

4

3

Uggla

Fla

1,272

-5

9

16

N/A

0

-10

2

Casilla

Min

833

4

-12

7

N/A

-0

2

0

Hudson

Ari

904

-10

-8

7

N/A

-9

15

-1

Iwamura

TB

1,337

-2

1

-17

N/A

1

11

-1

Weeks

Mil

1,056

-1

10

2

N/A

-5

-14

-2

Grudzielanek

KC

710

5

-17

-3

N/A

2

2

-2

Lopez

Sea

1,229

-5

9

-2

N/A

-3

-15

-3

Matsui

Hou

806

-4

-11

2

N/A

-5

0

-4

Sanchez

Pit

1,135

-5

1

-9

N/A

1

-8

-4

Ramirez

CWS

1,017

-0

-22

-2

N/A

-9

9

-5

Cano

NYY

1,376

-3

-13

0

-12

-6

-3

-6

Kinsler

Tex

1,064

0

-18

-4

-14

-4

0

-7

Johnson

Atl

1,198

-8

-5

-7

N/A

-8

-14

-8

Durham

Mil/SF

738

-13

-11

-22

-16

1

-17

-13

Lopez

Was/StL

780

1

-19

-17

-18

-8

-23

-14

Kent

LA

885

-3

-6

-32

-14

-16

-14

-14

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