Yet again spring training duldrums have me waxing poetic about the Sox actual season and of course perusing http://www.fangraphs.com. Is Boston the land of the superstar? and not the Mary Catherine Gallagher kind mind you.
So with Excel out, horizontally split-window with fangraphs, I ran the numbers
Boston has the most projected 5.0+ WAR players in the bigs - 5 to be exact. So I dug some more....and some more and decided to see who had the most 4.0+ players. What about the most 3.0+ players?
See Below with comments: (names excluded to protect the innoncent)
Caveat - I used the fan's projections in hopes that since bias exists, it exists equally across all fan sets. Which is entirely not true of course.
KEY: hX = hitters, pX = pitchers, tX = total, TOT = Totals
Alright, if asked to name the team behind Boston for the most projected 3.0+ players raise your hands if you would have said the Mets??
For the Projections only those with 15+ projections are considered. There were a total of 480 projected players so this measns that 35% of the projected players are projected for a 3.0+ or better. Obviously filler players are seldom projected.
Boston rules the 5.0+ rankings with 5, yet ends up in a tie for the 4.0+ rankings. John Lackey comes within a decimal point of swinging them to Boston with a 3.9 pWAR.
STL, PHI and NYM all have a phantom counting number due to Wainwright, Utley and Beltran. Yes I'm banking on Utley and Beltran to not break the 3.0 mark
San Diego - land of the 1-2 WAR players.
Texas should be at 8 because Feliz is projected as a reliever (and he still almost made it in as a 3.0+ player at 2.8)
Quick - guess the 3rd Angel pitcher (Hint: he's an ex Red Sox)