Archive for Stat of the Day

Stat of the Day: Stolen Base Attempts: Can Billy Hamilton Be Elite?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Did You Know:
Only eight players have attempted 80+ SB attempts over the past 10 years:

Name
Season
SB Attempts
Stolen Bases
Jose Reyes20079978
Juan Pierre20108668
Dee Gordon20148364
Jacoby Ellsbury20098270
Scott Podsednik20058259
Jose Reyes20068164

There were three players who fell one attempt short, including Billy Hamilton in 2014 (56 stolen bases in 79 attempts). Read more

Stat of the Day: Robinson Cano’s Power Decline Was More Than Just The Ballpark…

by Ray Kuhn

Did You Know:
After three years of consistent power production, Robinson Cano had a big drop off last season.

  • 2011: 28 HR, 147 Power Index (PX), 116 Expected Power (xPX), 17% HR/FB
  • 2012: 33 HR, 145 PX, 115 xPX, 24% HR/FB
  • 2013: 27 HR, 128 PX, 115 xPX, 17% HR/FB
  • 2014: 14 HR, 95 PX, 82 xPX, 11% HR/FB

Thoughts:
Entering 2015 Cano is still regarded as a top option at second base, and in all areas except power he should be. In fact, I have him ranked second at the position but I most likely will not be owning Cano this season due to the price.

After hitting .313, .314 and .314 each of the past three seasons, Cano is still an elite option. If it was just the decline in home runs perhaps you could expect a rebound, but it is not that simple. Read more

Stat of the Day: Walking With Runners In Scoring Position: Just How Passive Is Joey Votto?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Did You Know:
Since 2012 Joey Votto leads all qualified hitters (164) in walk rate with runners in scoring position:

  1. Joey Votto – 28.6%
  2. Joe Mauer – 22.2%
  3. David Ortiz – 21.6%
  4. Adam LaRoche – 20.0%

Thoughts:
We’ve discussed Votto being overly passive at the plate and this is just another demonstration of it. For a player who is supposed to be a run producer, this type of number simply doesn’t work. Read more

Stat of the Day: Can A Player With a 50+% Groundball Rate Maintain Any Significant Power?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Did you Know:
Only two players with a groundball rate of 50% or higher (23 eligible players) hit at least 20 HR in 2014:

  • Hunter Pence – 20 HR (52.2%)
  • Ian Desmond – 24 HR (50.1%)

Here’s a breakdown of the last few seasons of how many players who qualified for the batting title posted a 50+% groundball rate and how many did so with 20+ HR:

  • 2010 – 22 // 2 (Hunter Pence – 53.1%)
  • 2011 – 19 // 1 (Hunter Pence – 51.3%)
  • 2012 – 25 // 3 (David Freese – 52.0%)
  • 2013 – 24 // 0

It’s interesting to note that Hunter Pence has achieved the feat four times in the past five seasons.  Also, only 8 of 113 players (7.1%) who posted a groundball of at least 50% were able to reach the 20 HR plateau. If you take Pence out of the equation, it’s 4 out of 109 (3.7%). Read more

Stat of the Day: Danny Santana’s BABIP: Is It Repeatable?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Did You Know:
There were two players with at least 350 PA in 2014 who posted a BABIP of .400+:

  • Danny Santana – .405
  • Drew Stubbs – .404

Since 2000 only three other players with at least 350 PA in a season who posted a BABIP of .400+

  • Manny Ramirez (2000) – .403
  • Jose Hernandez (2002) – .404
  • Joey Votto (2012) – .404

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