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Saturday, December 18, 2004
 
second base who's the best?
ok what do we got here we got transactions happening but let's continue with our player analysis and we can talk about teams once things settle.

i know it's not a popular method we wanna talk about everything *as* it happens we want to know everything immediately we want to have a smart opinion about everything. i didn't reed that i thought of it.

second base:


Player aab w k hr 23 wal con pow avg
young,michael 694 47 89 22 42 .063 .872 .106 .313


shortstop now these positions are a year old. but yeah very nice con pow combo and the playing time is a bonus. not a difference maker but a strong contributor. he plays in an easy park and he doesn't walk that much.


roberts,brian 647 72 95 4 52 .100 .853 .101 .273


don't put too much stock in that pow he only had four home runs which indicates the doubles are luck. but he's young: good bet to get stronger. i'm feeling generous; we'll call him a strong contributor.

second base probably has the highest con of any position. some sort of hand-eye coordination thing or something.


loretta,mark 636 67 45 16 49 .095 .929 .110 .334


by far the number one difference maker among second basemen. super con and high pow in the toughest park to hit (tied with la, seattle, san fransisco, oakland). shea is pretty tough too. actually petco is probably slightly tougher than all of them. anyway a .095 with a .929 con is unheard of. when you see a con that high and a pow that high you'll see an avg that high (cf beltre, pujols, etal.)

i think he's the only difference maker.


soriano,alfonso 615 43 121 28 36 .065 .803 .130 .280


went to an easier park and declined. those numbers are not good. turned out to be older than we thought he was. his 15 minutes are over. he's just a guy.


belliard,ronnie 601 62 98 12 49 .094 .837 .121 .282


that's quality production. we keep waiting for him to age off the map, but he keeps maintaining his skills. borderline strong contributor.


boone,bret 597 59 135 24 30 .090 .774 .117 .251


yes he plays in a tough park, but he's losing his power, and striking out more and more. just a guy.


castillo,luis 568 76 68 2 19 .118 .880 .042 .291


like juan pierre, he can get on base against anybody. strong contributor.


jimenez,d'angel 565 84 99 12 31 .129 .825 .092 .270


the white sox could've had a usable second baseman, but they don't like to be smart. he's a guy, but the reds win here because he's cheap.


womack,tony 559 39 60 5 25 .065 .893 .060 .307


popular target of sabermetricians because they don't understand the value of contact. they think he's a black hole, but he's a guy.


kent,jeff 551 55 96 27 42 .091 .826 .152 .289


used to be a difference maker, then he was a strong contributor, now he's a guy.


miles,aaron 528 31 53 6 18 .055 .900 .051 .293


barely usable.


bellhorn,mark 526 93 177 17 40 .150 .663 .163 .264


a guy, but the most interesting guy around. as the only second basemen who walks and has power, mark bellhorn has a definite niche. nice to see his playoff heroics after the way he's been jerked around the past few years.


polanco,placido 509 39 39 17 21 .071 .923 .081 .298


great contact. legitimate skills. guy.


infante,omar 508 41 112 16 36 .075 .780 .131 .264


yeah he's an outfielder now? or still a second baseman. omar infante is a little guy but he started swingin a big stick this year. up-and-comer.


hudson,orlando 493 55 98 12 39 .100 .801 .129 .270


guy with slight up-and-comer qualities.


durham,ray 475 63 60 17 36 .117 .874 .128 .282


ok ray durham is the other difference maker. if he can stay healthy.


kennedy,adam 470 54 92 10 25 .103 .804 .093 .278


guy.


scutaro,marco 455 17 57 7 33 .036 .875 .101 .273


guy. but cheap. lucky for the a's, they have a smart general manager. when mark ellis went down, marco scutaro stepped in.


vidro,jose 414 49 43 14 24 .106 .896 .102 .294


yeah, vidro is good. strong contributor. needs to stay healthy.


cora,alex 407 64 41 10 13 .136 .899 .063 .264


that's an impressive combination of wal and con. especially in dodger stadium. with his defense, i think we gotta say strong contributor.


ginter,keith 390 43 100 19 25 .099 .744 .152 .262


too many strikeouts.


giles,marcus 386 45 70 8 24 .104 .819 .101 .311


strong contributor, but a good chance to be the number one difference maker next year.


castillo,jose 385 24 92 8 17 .059 .761 .085 .256


he's young, but he's no good.


perez,neifi 385 24 41 4 18 .059 .894 .064 .255


i guess he's a shortstop. neifi perez, like womack, is disparaged by the ignorant, but he has definite skills. super defense, super contact.

the rest are guys.


relaford,desi 384 42 56 6 14 .099 .854 .061 .221
newhan,david 376 31 72 8 22 .076 .809 .099 .311
walker,todd 376 47 52 15 23 .111 .862 .117 .274
cabrera,jolbert 364 24 70 6 21 .062 .808 .092 .270
cairo,miguel 364 32 49 6 22 .081 .865 .089 .292
young,eric 347 49 28 1 27 .124 .919 .088 .288


nice late-career peak.


gomez,chris 344 30 41 3 12 .080 .881 .050 .282
blum,geoff 341 24 58 8 21 .066 .830 .102 .215
hairston,scott 340 22 88 13 21 .061 .741 .135 .248
rivas,luis 338 14 53 10 24 .040 .843 .119 .256


possible up-and-comer. yeah we been sayin that for years but he showed flashes of power this year. course he has never shown an inclination to wait on a pitch, so he'll probably never put it together.


sanchez,rey 288 14 28 2 17 .046 .903 .073 .246


it was fun to watch him play defense in 2001.


menechino,frank 269 41 52 9 17 .132 .807 .120 .275
utley,chase 269 17 40 13 13 .059 .851 .114 .266


up-and-comer.


green,nick 266 16 63 3 18 .057 .763 .103 .273
martinez,ramon 264 27 40 3 16 .093 .848 .085 .246
anderson,marlon 258 13 38 8 12 .048 .853 .091 .237
grudzielanek,ma 258 16 32 6 13 .058 .876 .084 .307
wilson,enrique 245 15 20 6 9 .058 .918 .067 .213
hill,bobby 234 32 39 2 9 .120 .833 .056 .266
spivey,junior 230 32 48 7 13 .122 .791 .110 .272
nunez,abraham_o 183 10 36 2 9 .052 .803 .075 .236
alomar,roberto 172 15 31 4 8 .080 .820 .085 .263
kata,matt 163 13 29 2 11 .074 .822 .097 .247
berg,dave 156 6 27 3 4 .037 .827 .054 .253
smith,jason 155 9 37 5 11 .055 .761 .136 .239
gotay,ruben 154 11 36 1 10 .067 .766 .093 .270


ruben gotay has potential, but he has a lot of work to do. he's young, though.


garcia,danny 139 31 34 3 8 .182 .755 .105 .232
mcewing,joe 139 9 32 1 4 .061 .770 .047 .254
delgado,wilson 130 15 29 2 5 .103 .777 .069 .292
keppinger,jeff 117 6 7 3 2 .049 .940 .045 .284
vina,fernando 116 14 9 0 5 .108 .922 .047 .226
garcia,jesse 115 2 16 1 5 .017 .861 .061 .252
gutierrez,ricky 103 9 14 0 3 .080 .864 .034 .214


well, there you have it. two difference makers, 5 1/2 strong contributors. michael cuddyer i think is listed among third basemen. i'm tryin to think who might be in the minors that's worth mentioning. that astros kid. chris burke. and rickie weeks of the brewers. and the dodgers just gave 3.5 million to jose valentin, which seems like a waste.
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