Thursday, November 13, 2014

Juan Lagares, Leonis Martin Excelled On RZR Metrics In 2014

Juan Lagares covered a lot of ground in center field for the Mets in 2014
(Photo credit: NewYorkMetsReport.com)

In previous posts, I looked at the Revised Zone Rating (RZR) and Out-of-Zone Plays (OOZ) metrics listed at FanGraphs.  Links to these posts are provided below:
Now, I'm going to to do the above conversion for center fielders.  Table 1 below contains the following information for 20 MLB center fielders with 800 or more innings in 2014: 
  • Inn = Innings
  • RZR = Revised Zone Rating
  • OOZ = Out-of-Zone Plays
  • PIZAA =  Plays in Zone Above Average
  • OOZAA = Out-of-Zone Plays Above Average
  • PMAA = Total Plays Above Average
  • RSAA = Runs Saved Above Average
Mets center fielder Juan Lagares was the MLB leader in RSAA (+26) followed by Leonis Martin of the Rangers (+21).  Both outfielders were better on out-of-zone plays than in-zone plays: Lagares (+30 PIZAA, +1 OOZA) and Martin (28, -3).

Former Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson finished with +3 RSAA which means he saved Tigers/ Mariners an estimated 3 runs compared to an average center fielder given the same opportunities. Jackson was better at making plays in the zone (+6 plays above average) than out of zone (-3).  

More relevant to the Tigers current roster would be Rajai Davis (+8) and recently acquired Anthony Gose (-1).  I wouldn't read much into those numbers though as both played fewer than 500 innings in center field and defensive metrics don't work well on small sample sizes.  

Table 1: Runs Saved by MLB Center Fielders According to RZR, OOZ, 2014
Player
Team
Inn
RZR
OOZ
PIZ AA
OOZ AA
PMAA
RSAA
Juan Lagares
NYM
945
.922
92
1
30
31
26
Leonys Martin
TEX
1,247
.911
109
-3
28
25
21
Jackie Bradley Jr.
BOS
949
.916
85
-1
23
22
19
Adam Eaton
CHW
1,043
.931
82
3
14
17
14
Jacoby Ellsbury
NYY
1,237
.930
88
3
7
11
9
Billy Hamilton
CIN
1,199
.950
77
9
-1
7
6
Austin Jackson
- - -
1,326
.939
84
6
-3
4
3
Adam Jones
BAL
1,368
.915
94
-1
5
4
3
Denard Span
WSN
1,302
.924
85
2
0
2
1
Carlos Gomez
MIL
1,269
.923
80
1
-3
-2
-1
Desmond Jennings
TBR
1,033
.940
58
5
-9
-4
-3
Ben Revere
PHI
1,199
.888
78
-9
-0
-9
-7
Marcell Ozuna
MIA
1,206
.900
72
-5
-7
-12
-10
Drew Stubbs
COL
835
.905
43
-3
-11
-14
-12
B.J. Upton
ATL
1,218
.892
73
-8
-6
-14
-12
Mike Trout
LAA
1,314
.917
72
-1
-14
-14
-12
Andrew McCutchen
PIT
1,286
.942
58
6
-26
-20
-17
Dexter Fowler
HOU
959
.870
51
-10
-12
-22
-19
Michael Bourn
CLE
925
.888
44
-7
-16
-23
-19
Coco Crisp
OAK
900
.870
34
-9
-25
-34
-28
Data Source: FanGraphs.com

2 comments:

  1. Hi Lee: FYI, Typo in the title for table one, not *thrid basemen*. Cheers.

    ReplyDelete

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