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Wrap-up (OF edition)

These are some thoughts on the Giant's various players in multiple parts. This week, the outfield.

UZR/150 is the amunt of runs a player would save on defense, relative to average at their position over 150 game period..

SGE is my guess at the  Subjective Groupthink Evaluation of a players defense.

Randy Winn

BB% K% BB/K

8.00% 17.30% 0.51

AVG OBP SLG PA

0.262 0.318 0.353 597

UZR/150: 16.4

SGE: Very Good

597 PAs of THAT. If only that were the only reason why the Giants sucked so much this year. Randy Winn used to hit just enough for his defense to make him a good player. This year, he fell apart against lefties, went out of the strike zone more, and just flat seemed to be unable to hit a major league fastball.

Winn's defense is still good for a corner, and he's got all the Barry Bonds techniques of not letting his weak arm hurt him much. At this point, though, there are a lot of guys at AAA that give you good corner defense and not hit major league pitching. 

 

Andres Torres

BB% K% BB/K

9.50% 29.60% 0.36

AVG OBP SLG PA

0.270 0.343 0.533 170

UZR/150: 28.9

SGE: Excellant

I'm pretty sure that UZR, you and I all agree that Andres Torres was the best defensive outfielder the Giants used this year. His range is so good, that he's a threat to run into other players on routine flyaballs to either corner. If the Giants ever want to give the "Inner-outifield/outer-outfield" defense a try, they'll just need two of Andres Torres.

He also had a nice season with the bat. Torres is a hard guy to figure out. He has crazy platoon splits (.667 OPS vs righties, 1.116 vs. lefties), strikes out a ton and didn't start hitting in the minors until he turned 29. He's at least a quality 4th outfielder on glovework alone.   

 

Nate Schierholtz

BB% K% BB/K

5.30% 20.40% 0.28

AVG OBP SLG PA

0.267 0.302 0.400 308

UZR/150: 8.9

SGE: Very Good

Schierholtz was starting to put togethera pretty nice season, then got hurt, then disappeared offensively and from the lineup card. The overall line is ugly and no one is really sure if he'll ever get on base or hit for power. Defensively, Nate had a few adventures learning the pinball machine that is rightfield at At&T, but all in all looked solid. It would appear that his reputation hasn't caught up with his arm yet. Dude had 10 asissts this year.

 

Fred Lewis

BB% K% BB/K

10.90% 28.50% 0.43

AVG OBP SLG PA

0.258 0.348 0.390 336

UZR/150: 8.4 

SGE: [Picture of Nuclear Explosion]

One of Fred Lewis's problems is that he seems like he should be a much better player than he is. What he is isn't great, but it isn't terrible either. It just falls short of what someone with his tools should be. Just about everything in his defensive game belies poor technique coupled with good athleticism.His routes are weird, his angles poor, his hands awful. The real argument between the two Lewis factions is whether or not you think that his superior footspeed allows him to make more than enough outs to make up for the all the drops.

Offensively he continues with the theme of doing things that are easy to see poorly, and things that are tough to see well. He strikes out a ton, doesn't hit for power, but was one of the better OBP men for the Giants. That, of course is damning him with faint praise. 

 

Eugenio Velez

BB% K% BB/K

5.30% 19.30% 0.29

AVG OBP SLG PA

0.267 0.308 0.400 307

UZR/150: 11.4 (in the outfield)

SGE: Suspicious

Last game of the season's shenanigans aside, Velez's outfield defense has progressed to the point where it's now his bat that's the weakest part of his game (and proud we all are of that). His second base play is still awful, and I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone take more time on the double play pivot. Wilriv used to claim that CF was going to be his eventual destination, and that no longer seems crazy to me. Still, fans can be forgiven if they expect the Baron to return at any moment.

Offensively, even his second half hot streak was pretty bleh (.277/.321/.426). 

John Bowker

BB% K% BB/K

5.60% 26.90% 0.22

AVG OBP SLG PA

0.194 0.247 0.373 73

UZR:29.1

SGE: Unsure

Bowker reworked his approach in Fresno, but didn't really get a chance to show if he could apply it in the majors, and seemed like the same (bad) hitter as last year when he did play. UZR gets pretty wonky with as small a sample size as Bowker got in the outfield. I'm pretty certain that he's the worst defensive outfielder trotted out by the Giants this year, but that's not really saying much. 

 

Aaron Rowand

BB% K% BB/K

5.70% 25.10% 0.24

AVG OBP SLG PA

0.261 0.319 0.419 546

UZR/150:-.3

SGE: Good

Actually worse at the plate this year than he was last year, he put up Renteria numbers in the second half. He can not hit a low breaking ball and unfailingly swings at every one. Rowand is still good enough to play center field, when healthy and he showed that this year. He still makes poor throwing decisions, and would be better if he knew his limitations. The strikeouts and the salary combine to make him one of the most infuriating players to watch on the current squad. 



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