• First & Right To Be Dee-Tight Next Year?

    Posted by on September 29th, 2008 · Comments (11)

    Via Baseball Prospectus, here’s how the Yankees ranked, this season in the A.L., in terms of their Defensive Efficiency (meaning the rate at which balls put into play are converted into outs by their defense):

    #	TEAM	PA	H	SO	HR	ROE	DEF_EFF
    1	TBA	6,145	1,349	1,143	166	53	0.717
    2	TOR	6,067	1,330	1,184	134	52	0.711
    3	OAK	6,112	1,364	1,061	135	58	0.707
    4	BOS	6,180	1,369	1,185	147	52	0.706
    5	ANA	6,161	1,455	1,106	160	53	0.699
    6	KCA	6,214	1,473	1,085	159	56	0.696
    7	CHA	6,152	1,463	1,129	156	65	0.696
    8	BAL	6,414	1,538	922	184	61	0.695
    9	MIN	6,190	1,563	992	182	58	0.694
    10	CLE	6,164	1,530	986	170	58	0.694
    11	DET	6,374	1,535	983	171	59	0.692
    12	NYA	6,175	1,478	1,141	143	50	0.687
    13	SEA	6,368	1,544	1,016	161	54	0.686
    14	TEX	6,506	1,647	963	176	68	0.679
    

    That’s pretty close to being the worst in the league. Based on feel, I would have to say that A-Rod, Cano, Giambi and Abreu were all a big part of that poor showing here. (Jeter too…but, that’s a dead horse.)

    A-Rod and Cano are capable of doing better. But, if the Yankees do let Giambi and Abreu go, hoepfully the Yankees will improve their defense at first base and right field next season.

    Comments on First & Right To Be Dee-Tight Next Year?

    1. Bologma
      September 29th, 2008 | 12:30 pm

      Jeter was decent this year.

    2. MJ
      September 29th, 2008 | 12:38 pm

      I don’t remember any A-Rod miscues in the field. Do you have #’s to back up that statement?

    3. September 29th, 2008 | 3:19 pm

      Nope. Like I said, it was “feel.”

      FWIW, I recall A-Rod going to his right to make a good play, maybe two or three times, all year. And, I recall him going to his left to make a great play maybe once.

      Plus, there’s the issue with his throws at times.

      He’s far from a “plus” fielder at third. Perhaps the BIS Fielding Bible +/- system would confirm this?

      Anyone have a subscription to Bill James On-Line?

    4. antone
      September 29th, 2008 | 4:22 pm

      Just from watching A-Rod…I don’t think he is a great 3B either…his reaction time is slow over there and he doesn’t guard the line well…I don’t remember him making many diving plays and if you watch the highlights of other teams you see at least 3 or 4 different 3B making diving plays a night…I don’t think of ARod as a bad 3B but he’s far from a great one…he’s probably middle of the pack.

    5. September 29th, 2008 | 4:24 pm

      I concur.

      Honestly, I don’t think he cares about diving for balls, etc.

    6. antone
      September 29th, 2008 | 4:29 pm

      Every starting Yankee has a range factor below league average, except for the one who usually doesn’t hustle all the time: Cano. Kind of ironic when you think of it.

    7. Evan3457
      September 29th, 2008 | 7:39 pm

      Here are the BIS +/- figures for all of the Yankee regulars:

      1B – Giambi -18; Enhanced -18. Rank: 29nd among regular firstbasemen (Bunts: C+)

      2B – Cano -16. Rank: 32nd (DP Rank: 19th)
      (Compare with 2007, +17, Rank: 5th, and DP Rank: 1st. Just a rotten season all the way around for Cano.)

      SS – Jeter -12. Rank 26th. (DP Rank: 13th)

      3B – Rodriguez +3; Enhanced +2 Rank: 17th (Bunts: D, Rank 34th)

      LF – Nady +2, Enhanced +2 (Not enough innings to qualify as a regular.

      Damon +6; Enhanced +7, Rank: 9th. (Throwing – Rank 4th(!). Explanation…they rank throwing not on assists, but on the % of runners who have an opportunity to take an extra base who do take that base. 59 runners had an opportunity while Damon played left, and only 20 took the base, probably due to his speed and hustle to the ball.)

      CF – Damon -3 (in about 20% of a season’s worth of innings. Too few innings to be considered a regular. Enhanced is also -3. 22 of 35 runners took an extra base on him in CF.

      Melky +2; Enhanced +6. Rank: 11th. (Arm: 53 of 95 runners took the extra base on Melky, a pct of .558, which ranked him 13th) Melky is a good, not great, CF.

      Gardner +3 Enhanced +6 (In about 160 innings, or approximately 11% of a season! In addition only 7 of 19 runners took the base on Brett in CF.) Outstanding numbers, but the sample is way too small.

      RF: Abreu -16, Enhanced -24, Rank: 32nd. (Arm: 75 of 151 runners took the base on Abreu, a % of .497, good for 13th). So his arm is still slightly above average, but his range is horrible and plummeting; he was 26th (-7, -14) in 2006, and 28th (-7, -14) in 2007

      Nady (mostly with the Pirates) -4, Enhanced -4. Rank: 20th. (Arm: 53 of 96 took the base on Nady, a % of .553. Rank: 20th)

    8. September 29th, 2008 | 10:16 pm

      Thank you Evan3457!

      So, I stand corrected on A-Rod. Must be my bias, or something, influencing me.

    9. Corey
      September 30th, 2008 | 1:03 am

      Thank you Evan3457!

      So, I stand corrected on A-Rod. Must be my bias, or something, influencing me.
      =-==============

      well he was pretty terrible 2 years ago with the glove

    10. MJ
      September 30th, 2008 | 4:01 pm

      So, I stand corrected on A-Rod. Must be my bias, or something, influencing me.
      ————————–
      I’ll remember you said that.

    11. October 5th, 2008 | 9:47 pm

      [...] This ties back to an earlier thought that I had here – regarding the shortcomings in Bobby Abreu’s defense. [...]

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