John Mayberry, Shane Victorino and Ben Revere have all gotten at least 296 plate appearances in each of the last two years. Here’s how some of their numbers from FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference compare:
|PA||wOBA||CF innings||UZR/150 in CF||bWAR||fWAR|
|Revere ’11||481||267/310/309||.278||776 1/3||15.1||0.7||2.0|
|Revere career||1064||278/319/323||.287||1123 1/3||9.2||-||-|
|Victorino ’11||586||279/355/491||.368||1150 2/3||5.7||5.2||5.9|
|Victorino career||4295||275/341/430||.338||6571 2/3||3.1||-||-|
|Mayberry ’11||296||273/341/513||.368||246 2/3||-5.6||1.6||2.5|
|Mayberry ’12||479||245/301/395||.303||474 1/3||-20.7||0.5||0.4|
Starting with the offense, things don’t look good for Revere. Both Victorino and Mayberry were miserable offensively in 2012, which was the better of the two years for Revere, and both finished with a higher wOBA.
In 2011, there were 175 players across both leagues that got 450 plate appearances. Revere’s wOBA of .278 was better than six of them.
In 2012, his .300 wOBA was 100th of 114 players across both leagues with at least 550 plate appearances.
John Mayberry is far from a great hitter. Revere is .042 behind him in career wOBA, which isn’t a great place to be. FanGraph’s calculation of wOBA, which is what appears on the table, includes stolen bases and accounts for the 74 that Revere has swiped over the past two seasons.
Where he has been better than both Victorino and Mayberry over the past two years is defensively. Revere buries Mayberry. The numbers between Revere and Victorino are closer, about the same in 2012, but Revere’s career UZR/150 of 9.2 is considerably better than Victorino’s.
By WAR calculated by the two sites, neither Mayberry or Revere are able to hang with Victorino’s outstanding 2011 season. Revere comes out ahead against Mayberry in 2012, though, by a lot, and is tied with or better than Victorino by each of the calculations for that season.
Important to remember when you look at Revere’s 2012 numbers, though, is that he played more than twice as many innings defensively in right than he did in center. He played 708 1/3 innings defensively in right for the Twins and 309 in center. As the table above shows, he wasn’t particularly good in center in 2012, putting up an UZR/150 in center of -2.1. He was outstanding in right, though, playing to an UZR/150 in right of 27.2.
He was arguably the best defensive right fielder in baseball in 2012. Of the 28 players across both leagues, nobody who played at least 550 innings defensively in right had a better UZR/150 in right than Revere. If you drop that number down to 300 innings in right, Gregor Blanco (32.8 in 431 1/3 innings in right) and Ben Zobrist (30.2 in 541 1/3 innings in right) were both better.
Anyhow, the point is, in 2012 his outstanding defensive play in right helped him accumulate value and accumulate WAR. Assuming he’s going the be the every day center fielder for the Philies next year, he’s not going to have the chance to accumulate value in right. So let’s hope he brings that kind of defensive production to center.
The Rule 5 Draft is over. The Phillies lost no players and picked up 22-year-old outfielder Ender Inciarte and 26-year-old left-hander pitcher Brendan Lafferty.
Ender Inciarte is a fast, left-handed hitting, good defensive center fielder. He turned 22 in October and hasn’t made it to Double-A yet. No power at all, but he hit .307 with 46 stolen bases between two different minor league teams in 2012. Chances seem good that he will have to be offered back to the Diamondbacks, barring a bunch of injuries.
The Royals drafted Brendan Lafferty in the 18th round of the 2009 draft. He struck out 71 in 60 1/3 innings in Double-A in 2012, but also walked 40 while pitching to a 4.77 ERA. Forty is too many walks to allow in 60 1/3 innings.
This says the Phillies signed right-handed pitcher Zach Miner and left-handed pitcher Cesar Jimenez to minor league deals.
Miner spent four years in the majors with Detroit between 2006 and 2009, throwing to a 4.24 ERA with a 1.46 ratio over 157 appearances, 35 of which were starts. He had Tommy John surgery in June of 2010 and hasn’t been back to the majors since. He doesn’t strike people out. In 2012, he made 27 appearances with three different minor league teams in the Detroit organization, throwing to a 2.79 ERA with a 1.21 ratio.
Jimenez is 28 and he thrown 48 1/3 innings in the majors, all with Seattle, pitching to a 5.40 ERA with a 1.47 ratio. He spent most of 2012 in the PCL, pitching to a 5.24 ERA with a 1.67 ratio over 44 2/3 innings in 26 relief appearances.