2014 AL East Second Base Preview

bos_g_springts_600x400Hello folks baseball is back in Spring Training and it is time to start grading out the AL East. I’m only doing the AL East to assess where I think the Red Sox sit in their division. We are going to do this fairly scientifically. I’m going to grade each player, at each starting position. The team with the best player at the position gets 5 points, 2nd 4 points etc. Get it? Good, if not go away. Each position gets 2 lists, purely statistical and purely sleeveless. At the end the team with the most points from both lists will be the scientific favorite to win the AL East. Then I’ll wrap it all up and tell if I agree or disagree with science or if I’ll have my own sleeveless prediction.

February 24th, we did catchers! Yesterday, February 25th, we did first basemen!

Today, February 26th, we do second basemen!

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

2B

NAME

TEAM

OPS

BABIP

WAR

AVG

HR

RBI

SB

1

Pedroia

RED SOX

0.787

0.326

5.4

0.301

9

84

17

2

Zobrist

RAYS

0.757

0.303

5.4

0.275

12

71

11

3

Roberts

YANKEES

0.704

0.267

0.9

0.249

8

39

3

4

Goins

BLUE JAYS

0.609

0.315

0.4

0.252

2

11

0

5

Weeks

ORIOLES

0.222

0.25

-0.2

0.111

0

0

0

SLEEVELESS ANALYSIS

1. Dustin Pedroia – Red Sox

Power #s should bounce back after tendon repair surgery in the offseason.

2. Ben Zobrist – Rays

Numbers should bounce back moderately.

3. Brian Roberts -Yankees

Can’t be above #10 because he can’t seem to stay healthy.

4. Ryan Goins – Blue Jays

Not sure what the Blue Jays plans are here.

5. Jemile Weeks – Orioles

Will be gone as soon as Schoop is ready.

AL EAST RANKS

2/26/2014

2nd Basemen

Overall

Points

Red Sox

10

Orioles

21

Rays

8

Red Sox

21

Yankees

6

Blue Jays

18

Blue Jays

4

Yankees

16

Orioles

2

Rays

14

SUMMARY

My overall impression is that The Red Sox have a clear advantage with Pedroia at second base now that Cano is far from the Yankees, in Seattle. Zobrist is easily next, and while he is now a far cry from Pedroia, he is still miles more consistent than the other 3. I understand why the Yankees signed Roberts. He is very good, if he is healthy. Its a huge if, as he has missed 456 of a possible 648 games in the past 4 years. I don’t think Goins is a future MLB everyday second basemen. I think he could be a very good 300-400 at bat utility player. Weeks, Weeks, Weeks, you’ve had some chances and you just haven’t been good. I do not think you last long. Schoop could be ready to win the job out of spring training. Unless the Orioles are going to be playing games with the Schoop’s service time and give Weeks basically 2 months to prove he deserves the job or that he will forever be a 4-A player.

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