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Monday, August 01, 2005

AVERAGE ADDENDUM

First, here's the table:

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Last

First

AVG

SLG

OBP

XR

OFF

DEF

TOTAL

sweeney

mike

.310

.545

.352

52.90

13.8

-1

12.8

dejesus

david

.297

.445

.361

57.42

4.5

2

6.5

stairs

matt

.256

.439

.358

41.38

4.3

-3

1.3

castillo

albert

.214

.316

.291

9.61

-3.9

4

0.1

brown

emil

.288

.439

.345

48.48

4.4

-7

-2.6

mcewing

joe

.259

.313

.272

8.07

-6.0

0

-6

long

terrence

.285

.402

.321

34.48

-1.8

-7

-8.8

teahen

mark

.252

.372

.309

30.12

-5.0

-4

-9

buck

john

.230

.358

.279

25.17

-8.6

-3

-11.3

gotay

ruben

.231

.348

.290

26.84

-10.3

-6

-16.3

berroa

angel

.254

.360

.295

38.43

-14.4

-11

-25.4

LEAGUE AVERAGES

.270

.428

.333

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KEY: AVG - batting average; SLG - slugging percentage; OBP - on-base percentage; XR - extrapolated runs; OFF - extrapolated runs above average; DEF - defensive runs above average; TOTAL - the sum of OFF plus

DEF, or the total net contribution of each player.

Some explanations: I only looked at players on the Royals who are currently on the active roster and who have at least 50 plate appearances on the season.

The offensive rating is straightforward. I calculated the extrapolated runs for each player (formula is here: http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/btf/scholars/furtado/articles/IntroducingXR.htm). I adjusted XR for ballpark, then compared the adjusted total for a league-average hitter give the same number of plate appearances to calculate extrapolated runs above average (XRAA).

Alex Rodriguez leads the American League in XRAA with 31.4. At -14.4 XRAA, Angel Berroa has been the very worst hitter in the league this season.

Defensively, I used Baseball Prospectus' runs versus average, which can be found here: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/dt//2005KC_-A.shtml. I added up each players total for each position that he has played.

That's about it - pretty simple.

Some comments:

Sweeney's offensive total is the only truly impressive contribution among position players. The Royals' young regulars other than DeJesus have a sum total of -62 runs combined with the bat and the glove. That's disturbing. It's not time to raise the white flag on these guys but we will need to see some significant strides in 2006.

As for DeJesus, he's a good, solid player - just above average with the bat and the glove. He's 25 and his power should continue to develop over the next few seasons. While his glove may prove to be adequate in center field for this season, his long-term position will be left field. With Chris Lubanski on the eventual horizon, that's not a bad thing.

Look at Terrence Long's batting average. Now look at his overall offensive contribution. The next time a buddy of yours says, "Hey T-Long is hitting .285 - he's not bad.", reach over and slap him.

Finally, personally, I have given up on Angel Berroa. He gets worse with each season and shows no improvement with his core skills at the plate (plate discipline). His bat has some pop but if the only positive contribution you get from player is two home runs a month, he's not helping you win. That contract the Royals gave to Berroa is looking like a big, fat albatross.

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