Friday, March 23, 2012

Some interesting facts heading into the draft...

Just thought I'd pass on a few interesting "facts" as we near the draft date...thanks to Matthew Berry (aka. The Talented Mr. Roto) for providing these.

1. Over the past three years, of all the players who finished in the top 10 on our Player Rater yet were drafted outside the top 40 (i.e., the players who greatly outperformed their draft slots), 73 percent of them were veterans coming off down seasons.

2. Since 1999, Paul Konerko has averaged 147 games played and 30 homers per season.

3. Konerko is one of two players in all of baseball to hit .300 with 30 home runs and 100 RBIs in each of the past two years.

4. The other? Miguel Cabrera.

5. Meanwhile, Mark Teixeira's last .300-30-100 season was back in 2008.

6. Teixeira has an average draft position (ADP) of 24th overall.

7. That's almost two full rounds before Konerko (current ADP: 42nd).

14. Last season, Howard Kendrick had 197 plate appearances as the No. 2 hitter for the Angels, his most common lineup slot.

15. Last year, Bobby Abreu, Torii Hunter and Maicer Izturis had a combined 138 games in the Angels' No. 3 lineup slot.

16. This offseason, the Angels signed Albert Pujols.

17. Kendrick is a career .292 hitter, and he scored 86 runs last year.

18. Last season, only four players in baseball hit .295 or better and had at least 25 home runs, 20 stolen bases, 90 runs scored and 90 RBIs. They are: Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Gonzalez.

19. Only one player in baseball has achieved those marks for two straight seasons: Carlos Gonzalez

20. Kemp, Braun and Ellsbury are all being drafted among the first eight picks overall.

21. CarGo is being drafted at the end of the second round.

22. Oh yeah, and CarGo is just 26 years old.

25. Last year, including the postseason, Justin Verlander threw 4,301 pitches.

26. In fact, Verlander's 4,301 pitches were the most thrown in a regular season and postseason since 2002.

27. It's also 557 pitches more than he threw in 2010.

38. In the past two years, as a starter, C.J. Wilson's home numbers look like this: 216 2/3 IP, 189 K, 76 BB, 3.70 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 7.9 K/9 rate, 16 home runs allowed.

39. On the road? Try this: 211 IP, 187 K, 91 BB, 2.56 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 8.0 K/9, 10 home runs allowed.

45. In 2011, Chris Heisey hit a home run every 15.5 at-bats.

46. As a comparison, Pujols hit one every 15.6 at-bats.

47. Heisey has a chance at being the Cincinnati Reds' everyday left fielder.

48. More fun with AB/HR ratios: Allen Craig homered every 18.2 at-bats last season.

49. And David Ortiz hit one every 18.1 at-bats.

61. Over the past three seasons, Bailey has a 2.07 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 174 strikeouts in 174 innings and is 75-o- 84 in save chances (89.3 percent conversion rate).

62. Over the past three seasons, Jonathan Papelbon has a 2.89 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and 239 strikeouts in 199 1/3 innings and is 106-of-120 in save chances (88.3 percent).

63. Papelbon is going seven rounds before Bailey in ESPN live drafts.

70. Prince Fielder hit 24 home runs at Miller Park last season.

71. Nine of those home runs would not have been home runs at his new home, Comerica Park.

86. Over the past three seasons, only one major league team has had more save opportunities than the … San Diego Padres.

87. The top five teams in save opportunities from 2009 to 2011: the Giants (197), Padres and Braves tied (194), Marlins (192) and … the Washington Nationals (191).

93. Michael Morse joined the Nationals' starting lineup on June 10, 2010.

94. From June 10, 2010, to the end of last season, Morse, who qualifies in the outfield and at first base, hit 46 home runs, had 134 RBIs and posted a .297 average over 767 at-bats.

95. From June 10, 2010, to the end of last season, Matt Holliday had 44 home runs, 153 RBIs and a .308 average over 822 at-bats.

96. Holliday is being selected, on average, in the fourth round of ESPN live drafts.

97. That's four rounds ahead of Michael Morse.

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