CHONE's defensive ratings.
Taveras = +3 runs/150 g in CF
Dickerson = -5 runs/150 g in CF
Both would be plus in a corner outfield slot.
Unfortunately, in Dickerson's case, we have very minimal data here. His fielding numbers have a very slow sample size, so they're heavily regressed to the mean. They would be regressed to the Fan's Scouting Report--my favorite source of info for players with a season or less in MLB on the books--but as a late-season addition he wasn't included.
So, if you want to argue he's a plus fielder based on your observations last season, I won't argue and I'll hope you're right.
Assume Bruce can be roughly a 2.5 win OFer this year (which is what he's basically projected to be assuming he's a neutral defender). It would be pretty tough for the rest of the outfield not to be better than Jr+Corey circa '08.
The improvement is likely to come from the defense. Taveras is a push over Patterson/Hairston. So the gains will be on the corners vs Jr and Dunn from last year. Of course that is if Gomes isn't getting significant defensive innings as a platoon partner.
Given the production the Reds actually got last season, the Reds in reality aren't looking at a 4 win upgrade in their outfield over last season unless something truly extraordinary happens (Lord Bruce is anointed, cough, cough).
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Does anyone have access to the Reds' monthly DER numbers for 2008? I am curious as to whether the Reds defensive efficiency improved after Dunn and Griffey departed.
Overall: .673Code:Month DER April 0.689 May 0.660 June 0.690 July 0.657 August 0.660 Sept 0.680
Three things -
1. What was the offensive measurement used for 2008 and projection system for 2009? Dunn's about 8-10 runs low if you're using VORP or WARP.
2. Since Taveras rated below average in other defensive measurements (e.g. -6 in UZR/150), I'd be reluctant to rate him as a plus defender. Fielding Bible also rates Patterson as one of the best defensive CFs of the past three seasons.
3. The larger story here is the OF still projects as below average. When you turn over the entire unit, the end result shouldn't be that it's still kind of bad.
Last edited by M2; 03-17-2009 at 07:12 PM.
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