# How would a team of '25 Cervellis' do?

January, 7, 2013
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USA TODAY Sports, AP PhotoSo Butch Wynegar would like to have 25 Francisco Cervellis on his team. We decided to have some fun and crunch the numbers.
So Yankees Triple-A hitting coach (and former Bronx Bombers catcher) Butch Wynegar says he would take a roster full of Francisco Cervellis on his team any time. "I wish I had 25 Cervellis," Wynegar said of the Yankees' potential starting catcher for 2013.

We can’t necessarily tell you how a roster full of Cervellis would do -- he's not a pitcher, after all. But we can tell you how a lineup of Cervellis would fare at the major league level.

A few decades ago, the sabermetrician Bill James came up with a stat that he called “Offensive Winning Percentage.”

James used it to estimate how many runs a lineup of nine copies of a particular player would produce, given average pitching and average defense.

James incorporated all aspects of a player’s offensive performance (ability to hit, hit for power, draw walks, run the bases) to come up with the number, the calculation for which can be found here.

Baseball-Reference.com lists the offensive winning percentage for every season for every player.

In his 184-game Yankees career, Cervelli was credited with creating 60 runs and making 394 outs. That converts to 4.1 runs created per game.

In Cervelli’s time in the bigs, a team that scored 4.1 runs per game and had average pitching and defense would win about 43 percent of the time, or about 70 games in a 162-game season.

Cervelli’s numbers are hurt by his rough numbers in 42 games in 2009. Combine his 2010 and 2011 stats together and his team would win about 75 games.

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##### Yangervis Solarte
 BA HR RBI R .373 1 9 5
HRC. Beltran 4
RBIC. Beltran 9
RA. Soriano 9
OPSY. Solarte 1.017
WC. Sabathia 2
ERAM. Pineda 1.00
SOM. Tanaka 28