The Royals Over One Calendar Year

Elsa

Exactly one year ago yesterday the All-Stars of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs and the All-Stars of the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs played each other in a game of baseball at Citi Field in Queens, New York. The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs scored more runs, three to be exact, than the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs and under the rules of Major League Baseball they were declared the winners. This evidence is empirical, statistical, factual and cannot be debated.

Of more statistical and factual, but not necessarily empirical, evidence is how the humans signed to major league contracts by Kansas City Royals Baseball Organization performed over one calendar year. The timing of last years All-Star game and this years All-Star game is ALMOST perfect enough to give us a nice superficial, but not necessarily technical, split of the second half of last season and the first half of this season. I say superficial because one could debate that after the 81st game is the start of the second half and not the imposed July break. That's a whole other article in and of itself, and a strange article to write.

Presented below, the author has compiled the one year calendar results of the said humans signed to major league contracts by the Kansas City Royals Baseball Organization with caveats. For those humans who do not pitch the ball, they must have had at least 300 plate appearances. For those players who do pitch the ball, those who start the game generally on the mound must have thrown at least 100 innings, and those that come out of the bullpen generally later in the game must have thrown at least 30 innings. These minimums are completely arbitrary and have been decided upon by a vote. That vote contained only one vote cast; the authors own.

Name G PA HR R RBI SB BB% K% ISO BABIP AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ BsR Off Def fWAR
Alex Gordon 157 684 20 89 77 12 7.50% 18.00% 0.167 0.288 0.256 0.322 0.423 0.326 105 6.1 9.6 20.4 5.7
Salvador Perez 148 583 20 63 77 1 5.50% 11.10% 0.162 0.295 0.288 0.331 0.45 0.34 114 -0.8 8.7 17.4 4.9
Jarrod Dyson 121 322 1 37 20 40 8.40% 17.70% 0.049 0.343 0.28 0.342 0.329 0.303 89 7.5 3.4 21 3.8
Lorenzo Cain 107 409 3 46 47 17 5.60% 19.80% 0.097 0.351 0.284 0.328 0.382 0.311 94 2 -0.8 13.8 2.9
Omar Infante 114 478 9 47 70 5 4.80% 10.00% 0.112 0.314 0.297 0.33 0.408 0.325 103 0.7 2.5 1.2 2.1
Eric Hosmer 165 734 14 84 81 7 7.20% 15.70% 0.129 0.331 0.291 0.342 0.421 0.334 110 -4.8 3.9 -9.7 2
Alcides Escobar 164 627 3 61 53 32 3.20% 14.70% 0.076 0.294 0.254 0.282 0.331 0.272 67 8.1 -15.3 11.2 1.8
Norichika Aoki 140 592 4 71 32 17 8.30% 8.60% 0.076 0.288 0.267 0.337 0.343 0.307 91 1 -4.8 1 1.6
Mike Moustakas 133 489 16 41 61 1 7.20% 18.00% 0.166 0.237 0.22 0.277 0.387 0.291 81 0.5 -10.1 7.9 1.5
Billy Butler 165 681 10 67 69 0 8.50% 16.00% 0.097 0.337 0.293 0.351 0.39 0.325 104 -6.8 -3.8 -16.8 0.2

I apologize that you have to scroll over. I was trying as hard as I could to just to remove one column and leave something out, but I couldn't cut one loose. Maybe I should have cut RBI.

Infante and Aoki's stats are spread between their time at their two clubs and with the Royals.

Alex Gordon leads the team in fWAR. Any real surprise there?

Escobar does not like to walk in relation to a percentage of his plate appearances.

Gordon slightly beats out Moustakas in ISO (.1667 over .166). That .166/.167 would be good for 96th and 98th in all of baseball over that time span. Those are your team leaders.

Perez is 2nd if fWAR by catchers over the span. Gordon is 11th in all of baseball by that same metric and span with Perez being 22nd.

Despite being a little over 300 plate appearances, Dyson has been essentially a Top-50 player in baseball (51st). That's pretty dang good for a 50th round pick.

Billy Butler is not a good base runner. Jarrod Dyson is. Dyson is Top 10 in BsR. Butler is in the NOT Top-10 at 2nd worst in baseball.

Hosmer has been a 10% better hitter than average over the calendar year. His poor 2014 wRC+, 92, is offset by his excellent 2nd half wRC+ of 136 which saw him hit .323/.379/.473.

For what it's worth, the Royals have only played one player everyday with less than one fWAR over the calendar year. Of course that's been at the DH spot where you generally want to play a GOOD player.

Name W L SV G GS IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 BABIP LOB% GB% HR/FB ERA FIP xFIP WAR
James Shields 18 8 0 35 35 229.2 7.6 2.27 0.9 0.311 74.90% 43.00% 9.50% 3.45 3.63 3.72 3.9
Danny Duffy 7 9 0 24 18 109 7.35 3.55 0.58 0.249 80.00% 34.10% 5.10% 2.56 3.64 4.42 1.9
Jeremy Guthrie 12 14 0 34 34 218.1 5.4 2.1 1.11 0.312 75.70% 42.00% 10.30% 4.29 4.38 4.35 1.9
Yordano Ventura 7 8 0 21 20 118.2 7.51 2.81 0.91 0.287 79.70% 48.90% 11.10% 3.26 3.76 3.62 1.7
Bruce Chen 7 6 0 21 19 112 6.27 2.57 0.96 0.289 68.40% 29.60% 6.80% 4.58 3.96 4.68 1.7
Jason Vargas 8 4 0 19 19 125 5.9 2.09 1.01 0.285 80.30% 40.90% 9.30% 3.31 4.1 4.17 1.5

Shields is a good pitcher, and is basically a Top-25 pitcher in baseball. While perhaps this is an entirely different argument, Phil Hughes (who signed as a free agent this offseason) has been better than Shields the past calendar year. While the Royals couldn't have known Hughes would have necessarily been this good this year, as his 4.1 fWAR over the calendar is largely made up by his 3.7 fWAR this year, he has been better than Shields and didn't cost a Wil Myers.

Again, I don't no if I would have believed you saying that Hughes was going to be basically twice as better in the first half of this year than any full season he's ever had, but he's been better than Shields thanks to him suddenly not walking a soul. Of course Garrett Richards has been the 15th best pitcher in baseball the past calendar year so literally anything can happen at any time.

Duffy has been literally as good as Guthrie has been in almost literally half the innings.

Nice two see four guys with sub-4.00 FIP, but when you give them league average home run rates only two of them survive.

Name SV G IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 BABIP LOB% GB% HR/FB ERA FIP xFIP RE24 WAR
Greg Holland 50 68 66.2 12.96 2.3 0.54 0.283 93.80% 45.00% 8.30% 1.22 1.76 1.93 21.93 2.8
Wade Davis 0 44 49.2 12.5 3.62 0 0.184 85.40% 48.50% 0.00% 1.09 1.73 2.59 18.93 1.9
Kelvin Herrera 0 70 69.2 9.43 2.84 0.13 0.299 76.00% 48.60% 1.80% 2.33 2.31 3.16 13.08 1.9
Luke Hochevar 1 31 36.2 11.29 1.72 0.98 0.224 93.80% 36.70% 11.80% 1.72 2.53 2.38 11.79 0.9
Tim Collins 0 44 37.2 7.41 4.54 0.48 0.319 73.00% 37.30% 4.30% 3.35 3.81 4.76 -1.34 0.3
Louis Coleman 0 41 44.1 7.92 3.45 1.22 0.325 79.90% 35.90% 11.50% 4.06 4.38 4.15 -0.95 0.1
Aaron Crow 1 65 59 6.1 3.51 1.37 0.247 81.40% 46.90% 15.00% 2.9 4.9 4.24 4.2 -0.6

Man. Greg Holland is a good pitcher. 3rd in fWAR, 2nd in RE24, 7th in FIP. He's my choice for best Dayton Moore draft pick after maybe Dyson just because of how late they got Dyson (if you count 2006 as Dayton Years).

Let me check the numbers on this...yes... okay yeah, that's correct. Wade Davis hasn't given up a home run in a relief appearance since July 7th, of 2012. That's two years ago. Meanwhile Aaron Crow has given up all the home runs.

WAR is in essence a counting stat, and in despite getting basically 1/4th of the innings, Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera have been as good or better than:

Mike Minor

Alex Cobb

Justin Masterson

Yovani Gallardo

Francisco Liriano

CC Sabathia

Clay Bucholz

Tim Lincecum

Matt Cain

That doesn't really mean anything, but it's fun to think about.

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