Jaso’s Rookie Season Deserved More Credit

December 2, 2010 at 6:57 pm 1 comment

John Jaso

I know, I’m a little late on this subject but hear me out.

The AL Rookie of the Year was announced on November 15th and it appeared that most people accepted Neftali Feliz as the landslide winner.  I’m not so sure he should’ve been the clear winner, at least not by the wide margin he won.  I feel compelled to make a case for John Jaso.  Should Jaso have won over Feliz?  Maybe not, but he should’ve stolen a few votes and made the race a lot closer.

If you take a quick look at Jaso’s stats, in 404 plate appearances he hit .263/.372/.378 with 5 homers and 4 steals.  Other than the OBP that looks very pedestrian.  Well, Jaso’s season was much more than pedestrian, you have to dig a little deeper… and I brought my shovel.

Stat Stat (AL Rank) AL Catcher Rank
BB/K % 1.51 (1st) 1st
OBP .372 (16th) 2nd
SPD Score 5.0 1st
BB% 14.6% (5th) 1st
O-Swing % 18.5% (4th) 1st
fWAR 2.5 5th
wOBA .341 5th
Triples 3 t-1st

What you get is a smart player who gets on base and runs those bases very well.  Remember, this is a league that had Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez, Mike Napoli, Jorge Posada, Matt Wieters, and a career year from John Buck

Jaso’s 1.51 BB/K rate actually ranked 1st in the entire Major Leagues.  The best stat, though, is not listed above; it is Jaso’s .380 OBP from the leadoff spot.  That, my friends, is the highest OBP from the leadoff spot in the entire Major Leagues, at any position!

Jaso also lead ALL catchers in Bill James baserunning at +17.  Mind you, most catchers finish with a negative.  That is huge value added.

Sadly, Jaso only received one 2nd place vote.  None others.  Brennan Boesch, who finished with 0.6 WAR in 512 plate appearances while hitting .256/.320/.416 as a negative-fielding corner outfielder, recieved three 3rd place votes.

Should Jaso have won the AL Rookie of the Year Award?  Tough to say, but he should have been given much more credit for his fantastic rookie season than he received.

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  • 1. 2011 Rays Projections: John Jaso « Figure Filbert  |  January 31, 2011 at 7:54 am

    […] starting catcher and most likely get all the leadoff at-bats against right-handed pitchers since Jaso led all Major Leaguers with a .380 OBP from the leadoff spot last […]

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