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Ranking of Royal Shortstops According to Individual Season WAR

Chone Smith has recently released Wins Above Replacement Level (WAR) for all positional player 1955 to 2008. I went and look at the recent KC black hole, the shortstop position. Ever since the pair or Freddy Patek and U.L. Washington (with both of them splitting duties in 1979 for the transition), the Royals have not be able to fill the position until hopefully Mike Aviles steps up. Here is the list of top and bottom ten seasons for Royal Shortstops according to there WAR. I included Win Shares for comparison.

WAR Rank Year Name WAR Win Shares Win Shares Rank
1 1997 Jay Bell 5.5 21 2
2 2008 Mike Aviles 3.9 17 5
3 1971 Freddie Patek 3.8 24 1
4 2003 Angel Berroa 3.8 16 6
5 1999 Rey Sanchez 3.6 12 17
6 1993 Greg Gagne 3.2 18 4
7 1976 Freddie Patek 3.1 14 13
8 2001 Rey Sanchez 3.1 10 26
9 1982 U L Washington 2.9 18 3
10 1973 Freddie Patek 2.6 16 7
44 1986 Buddy Biancalana -0.5 4 40
45 1987 Angel Salazar -0.5 5 33
46 1982 Onix Concepcion -0.9 2 49
47 1970 Jackie Hernandez -1.0 3 44
48 1985 Onix Concepcion -1.0 5 34
49 1979 Freddie Patek -1.1 3 45
50 1969 Jackie Hernandez -1.2 7 31
51 2002 Neifi Perez -1.7 6 32
52 2006 Angel Berroa -1.9 1 52
53 2008 Tony Pena -2.0 0 53

A few observations:

  1. Gotta love the bottom three, just gotta.
  2. Berroa has the largest gap (5.7 WAR) between best and worst season, with Patek coming in 2nd (4.9 WAR)
  3. Why didn't we keep Jay bell longer
  4. The Dye for Perez trade looks even worse considering what Sanchez was giving us.

Here is the list of all the Shortstop(s) over the seasons with the their stats combined:

Year Name(s) War WinShares
2008 Pena Aviles 1.9 17
2007 Tony Pena 0.8 10
2006 Angel Berroa -1.9 1
2005 Angel Berroa 0.5 11
2004 Angel Berroa 0.5 10
2003 Angel Berroa 3.8 16
2002 Neifi Perez -1.7 6
2001 Sanchez/Perez 3.1 13
2000 Rey Sanchez 2.3 9
1999 Rey Sanchez 3.6 12
1998 Lopez/Halter 0.3 8
1997 Jay Bell 5.5 21
1996 David Howard 0.4 9
1995 Greg Gagne 1.9 10
1994 Greg Gagne 1.5 11
1993 Greg Gagne 3.2 18
1992 Rossy/Wilkerson 0.9 12
1991 Stillwell/Howard 0.5 13
1990 Kurt Stillwell 1.1 12
1989 Kurt Stillwell 1.9 15
1988 Kurt Stillwell 2.6 16
1987 Angel Salazar -0.5 5
1986 Salazar/Biancalana 0.3 8
1985 Biancalana/Concepcion -1.1 8
1984 Washingtion/Concepcion 1.7 10
1983 U L Washington 0.6 13
1982 Washingtion/Concepcion 2 20
1981 U L Washington 1 8
1980 U L Washington 2.1 16
1979 Washingtion/Patek -0.4 8
1978 Freddie Patek 1.5 11
1977 Freddie Patek 2.3 15
1976 Freddie Patek 3.1 14
1975 Freddie Patek 0.8 11
1974 Freddie Patek 2.1 15
1973 Freddie Patek 2.6 16
1972 Freddie Patek 2.4 13
1971 Freddie Patek 3.8 24
1970 Matchick/Hernandez/Severson 0.1 10
1969 Jackie Hernandez -1.2 7

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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