Monday, July 2, 2012
Bourn's defense, WAR make his case
By ESPN Stats & Information
A statistical look at the Final Vote candidates in the National League:
Bourn’s .350 on-base percentage ranks third among NL center fielders, he’s saved 12 runs defensively (leads NL OF) and his 22 stolen bases are tied for second in the majors. He ranks fourth among NL position players with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement this season.
Among qualified NL third basemen this season, Freese ranks second in OPS (.808), HR (13) and RBI (48). In that third baseman group, only David Wright (an All-Star reserve) has a higher batting average and slugging percentage than Freese.
Harper is on pace for 500+ plate appearances as a 19-year-old this season. He currently has a .819 OPS. Only nine teenagers in modern major league history have even had 500+ plate appearances in a single season. Only one of those players finished with an OPS higher than Harper’s (Hall of Famer Mel Ott, .921 OPS in 1928).
Among MLB second basemen this season, Hill ranks in the top three in average (.300), on-base percentage (.360), and slugging (.512). Hill has been an All-Star before, but this season he's at career high levels in slugging and OPS (.872).
When healthy, Jones has been one the league’s most productive third basemen this season. His .375 on-base percentage ranks third among all 3B (min 150 PA) this season. Only three third basemen, age 40 or older, in modern MLB history finished with a higher OBP than Jones (Wade Boggs .377 in 1999, Davey Lopes .381 in 1986, Luke Appling .423 in 1948).