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Thursday, November 03, 2016

Does Eric Hosmer deserve another Gold Glove? Read and decide for yourself

If the BIS scorers are working off game video, that’s a problem. One of my complaints about watching games on TV is that they rarely show defensive alignment. UZR “stringers” can’t include where a player started if those stringers aren’t actually at the games; like everybody else, they’re at the mercy of what TV chooses to show them.

Ask the people in uniform about Hosmer’s range and you’ll hear his range to his glove-side is about average, while his range to his arm-side is below average. So the Royals often push his positioning toward his arm-side and that can cause a problem when using UZR to compare players. Josh Stein, San Diego Padres Assistant General Manager has said UZR: “Can be skewed if the player is not starting from the exact middle of [UZR’s zone] chart.”

And here’s something else to think about: first basemen scoops are not included in UZR. When I asked Swavely why not, he said scoops had nothing to do with range. But as we’ve already seen, the ability to use good footwork around the bag does increase the size of the target the other infielders are throwing to.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 03, 2016 at 04:53 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive metrics, eric hosmer, gold glove, range, uzr

Monday, October 03, 2016

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad 100-RBI Season

Lots of players have driven in 100 runs in a season before. Twenty-two players did so this season, Hosmer included. These players aren’t always good — RBI is more a function of who hits in front of a batter and that first player’s ability to get on base. RBI, as a counting stat, is also largely aided by the ability to stay in the lineup all season. Of course, players who (a) bat behind a talented on-base guy and (b) stay in the lineup all season — they’re usually pretty good. So it’s a surprise when one is so bad. Consider: a simple average of the WAR figures for this year’s 22 different 100-RBI players produces a result of 4.0 WAR. Hosmer’s -0.2 WAR is the worst by a full win. As it turns out, his season put him on the short list for worst 100-RBI season ever. He wasn’t the worst, but the fact that he’s on the list is worrisome, and you really couldn’t blame the Royals if they non-tendered him this winter.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2016 at 06:20 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive metrics, eric hosmer, rbi

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Heyman: Eric Hosmer and the Royals’ closing World Series window

Guess who Hosmer’s agent is?

Hosmer, absolutely loved by Royals higher-ups as a clutch leader and a very fine two-way player who has put up nice-though-not-crazy offensive numbers in a pitchers’ park but who may just be scratching the surface offensively, has two years to go before free agency. Consistent power is the only thing Hosmer hasn’t shown in spades, and there are signs this year; earlier, he hit two opposite-field homers off A.L. All-Star starter Chris Sale. Hosmer’s camp isn’t tipping their hand, but Royals brass, which stepped up with a $70-milllion deal for free agent pitcher Ian Kennedy and $72 million for another core star Alex Gordon, seems to have an idea Hosmer could be seeking $20-million plus per year on a 10-year deal.

Hosmer’s agent Scott Boras didn’t get into exact figures but did say, “The premium associated with 27-year-olds are very different than metrics associated with 32-year-olds, especially when it’s a widely known Gold Glove franchise-type player who also has the ability to perform at extremely high levels in big situations and on big stages. You’d have everything you’d want in a free agent Eric Hosmer.”

If Brandon Belt’s $75-million, five-year deal seemed at some point like a comp for Hosmer, even Royals people acknowledge that Hosmer has a significant edge on defense (no matter what the range number says this year) and gets bonus points for his dynamic clubhouse role, too. Hosmer is also only 26, and one rival GM brought up Jason Heyward as a comp, suggesting K.C.’s fears may be well founded, considering he got a $184-million deal. Another person mentioned that Jacoby Ellsbury got nearly $20 million a year in a prior market. These don’t seem like Kansas City numbers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2016 at 05:10 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, jon heyman, scott boras

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