Sunday, August 14, 2011

An update on Perceived Value

As I am sure you all remember, I have been keeping track of something I call "Perceived Value" of hitters on the Twins roster through the season, basically based on a "clutch" statistic based on RBI and runners left on base (two things that the batter doesn't have a LOT of control over, but people seem to think they do) as well as their OPS+, which is certainly more reflective of a players skill through a year where it compares to the rest of the league.
That said, here are a few notes:
- Brian Dinkelman is still on top, because he hasn't been back on the roster all season.
- There are only 4 players who have been above average this year. Just 4. Dinkelman, Jim Thome, Jason Kubel and Michael Cuddyer. They are the top 4 on the list.
- At the bottom are the two backup catchers, Rene Rivera and Drew Butera, with Matt Tolbert third from the bottom. Sounds about right.
-Two players have more RBI than LOB: Brian Dinkelman and Trevor Plouffe.
- Alexi Casilla might be the greatest aberration. His clutch rating is .2 lower than average, but his OPS+ is 6th, behind the 4 mentioned and Joe Mauer.

I can only wonder what this would have looked like with a good team.

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