2014 AL East Center Field 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! February 25th, we did first basemen! February 26th, we did second basemen! , February 27th, we did third basemen! February 28th, we did shortstops! Yesterday, March 1st we did left fielders!

Today March 2, we do center fielders!

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

CF

NAME

TEAM

OPS

BABIP

WAR

AVG

HR

RBI

SB

1

Ellsbury

YANKEES

0.781

0.341

5.8

0.298

9

53

52

2

Jones

ORIOLES

0.811

0.314

4.2

0.285

33

108

14

3

Rasmus

BLUE JAYS

0.84

0.356

4.8

0.276

22

66

0

4

Jennings

RAYS

0.748

0.295

3.2

0.252

14

54

20

5

Bradley

RED SOX

0.617

0.246

-0.2

0.189

3

10

2

SLEEVELESS ANALYSIS

1. Adam Jones – Orioles

A priority for me in 2014.

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Yankees

Even though I knew he was leaving the Red Sox, fuck Ellsbury.

3. Colby Rasmus – Blue Jays

Extremely underrated.

4. Desmond Jennings – Rays

Putting it all together slower than anticipated, but becoming very good.

5. Jackie Bradley – Red Sox

Plenty of potential, can it be reached at the MLB level?

AL EAST RANKS

3/2/2014

Centerfielders

Overall

Points

Orioles

9

Blue Jays

46

Yankees

9

Yankees

44

Blue Jays

4

Orioles

44

Rays

4

Red Sox

40

Red Sox

2

Rays

36

SUMMARY

My overall impression is that center field in the American League is fucking stacked, especially in the AL East. I think the Orioles have a clear advantage with Adam Jones over the Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury because Jones’s track record is to be healthy, while Ellsbury’s isn’t. I think Colby Rasmus is completely underrated as a major league everyday player, and wonder if his falling out with Tony LaRussa is part of the reason for that. Desmond Jennings at 4th! This is crazy, he has the skill set to do everything Ellsbury does, if he puts it all together in 2014, this list going to really hard to make in 2015. I like Jackie Bradley’s skill set a lot. I think he can be a difference maker for the Red Sox for a long time, but until I see it I can’t jump him over anyone in this category.

 

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