We’ve gotten ourselves pretty deep into these sneak peeks and some people are probably coming in fresh. As they say in the radio business, you have to reset your conversation every fifteen to twenty minutes because the audience often changes. It’s hard to say how often we should do this in blog land, but now seems like a good time.
The purpose of the TRI sneak peeks is to give everyone a glimpse into how TRI works before is is unveiled for real later in the offseason. So, you are looking at how 2013 looked according to TRI and not necessarily how anyone should plan out their drafts for next season. That will come later and we will have 20 players per position instead of the ten you see here. Additionally, the numbers will look different because they will be a composite of several seasons instead of just 2013.
TRI combines elements from several statistical platforms to come up with one number for hitting and one number for baserunning. What you see are the number of runs above (or below) average a player is at that particular skill. Using such a number allows us to compare players from different positions because we are comparing players with the big league average. So, you can use it to prioritize particular players on draft day. That being said, let’s take a look at how centerfield turned out.
1. Mike Trout– Los Angeles Angels
The MVP voters did it again. They ignored a vastly superior player in Trout because he did not play on a playoff team. It isn’t his fault that both Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols came up lame. Just imagine if Hamilton and Pujols could turn back the clock a few seasons just once. This is the best player in baseball hands down and if he isn’t the number one overall pick in your draft then that guy is nuts.
2. Andrew McCutchen– Pittsburgh Pirates
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