Zobrist’s Season Deserves More Love

October 9, 2009 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment


Taking a quote from Nate Ravitz earlier this season over at ESPN: “I’m just a big fan of what Zobrist is doing this year, and would like to see more written/said about it”, I have been inspired to write about Zobrist and I can’t agree more that Zobrist deserves more love.

Zobrist has put up amazing offensive stats. Yes, that is right, amazing. Take a look: .297/.405/.543 with a wOBA of .408 and an OPS+ of 144 to go with 27 homers, 28 doubles, 7 triples, 17 stolen bases, and a 91/104 BB/K. He is 3rd in the AL in wOBA, 4th in OBP and OPS, 7th in SLUG, and 6th in walks. Ridiculous numbers for a guy who didn’t have a starting job coming into the season and played over 100 games in the middle of the field.

Zobrist’s defense has been nothing short of Gold Glove worthy.  Here are his ratings:

2B: 21.4 UZR/150, .989 Fielding Percentage, 714.2 innings

RF: 31.5 UZR/150, 1.000 FLD%, 5 Assists, 329.1 innings

CF: 29.9 UZR/150, 1.000 FLD%, 46.2 innings

SS: -4.7 UZR/150, .926 FLD%, 62.0 innings

He also played 38 innings in LF, 13.0 innings at 1B, and 5.2 innings at 3B, all well below average according to defensive metrics but the sample sizes are so small that it’s not that big of a deal.  Heck, his sample sizes are small at CF and SS too so we can’t totally take those into account.  But one this is for sure from scouts and my own eye: Ben Zobrist can handle just about any position on the field and he looked like a Gold Glover at second and in right this year.

To top off Zobrist’s accomplishmets he finished 1st in all of the majors in WAR (wins above replacement player) with 8.5 and 1st in value at $38.2M (while only making league minimum).  Both higher than Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer.  This is why I had him 2nd in my AL MVP standings.

Zobrist had an amazing season and it deserves to get a little more attention and a lot more love from writers around the blogosphere.


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