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Boston-5-O


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.

Team h5.0+ p5.0+ t5.0+ h4.0+ p4.0+ t4.0+ h3.0+ p3.0+ t3.0+
BOS 4 1 5 4 1 5 6 4 10
NYM 1 0 1 2 0 2 6 3 9
NYY 2 1 3 4 1 5 6 2 8
PHI 1 2 3 1 4 5 4 4 8
CHW 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 4 7
TEX 1 0 1 4 0 4 5 2 7
ATL 1 1 2 2 1 3 3 4 7
STL 2 0 2 3 2 5 4 3 7
CIN 1 0 1 2 0 2 5 2 7
SF 1 1 2 2 2 4 3 4 7
COL 2 1 3 2 1 3 4 3 7
BAL 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 1 6
TAM 1 0 1 2 2 4 3 3 6
MIN 1 1 2 2 1 3 3 3 6
MIL 1 1 2 3 2 5 3 3 6
LAD 0 1 1 0 3 3 2 4 6
TOR 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 2 5
LAA 0 2 2 0 2 2 2 3 5
FLA 1 1 2 2 2 4 2 3 5
CHC 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 3 5
ARZ 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 1 5
DET 1 1 2 1 2 3 2 2 4
CLE 2 0 2 2 0 2 3 1 4
SEA 0 1 1 1 1 2 3 1 4
OAK 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 4
WAS 1 0 1 2 0 2 2 1 3
PIT 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 3
HOU 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 3
SD 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 2 3
KC 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
TOT 24 16 40 47 32 79 95 73 168

 

KEY: hX = hitters, pX = pitchers, tX = total, TOT = Totals

Comments:

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.

Poor KC - only 1 player projected at 3.0+ WAR or better (Billy Butler). Luke Hochevar comes in next at 2.7

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.

Fans love Carlos Santana and Buster Posey and with a legitimate right, but 5.0+ players as sophmores - really?

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)

 

Enjoy

-BZ

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