Posted at 11:16 AM on August 15, 2005
by Bob Collins
Baseball Prospectus is out with another intriguing report -- the Value Over Replacement Player index. VORP is "the number of runs contributed beyond what a replacement-level player at the same position would contribute if given the same percentage of team plate appearances. VORP scores do not consider the quality of a player's defense."
In the list of all players, no Twin makes the top 30. Or the top 60. Joe Mauer leads the list at #62.
I noticed in the VORP for pitchers, 4 Twins starters cracked the top 60. The surprise for me was Matt Guerrier (#96) leading the bullpen, topping Joe Nathan (#102), Juan Rincon (#116), Jesse Crain (#117), JC Romero (#218). Rounding out the rotation for the Twins were Joe Mays (#337) and journeyman Terry Mulholland (#386). It is somewhat comforting to know our entire staff a) is at or above 0, and b) has a higher rating than Curt Schilling (#424).
Ah, crazy baseball statistics.
A predicition: Soon, we'll here some new West Coast owner is building a team specifically using VORP - going for the valuable subsitutes immediately behind those players with the highest VORP - thus giving some talented guys good playing time. They'll win, say, the AL West one year and then fizzle away.
Good idea... instead of Moneyball we can call it Replacea-ball!
where's brett boone on that list...jk. i don't even want to know.