Not surprisingly, the #1 and #2 guys on the WAR list are Josh Hamilton (2.7) and Matt Kemp (2.5). But I bet #3 through #7 would surprise a lot of people:
3. Austin Jackson, DET, 2.1
4. Rafael Fucrcal, STL, 1.9
5. Carlos Beltran, STL, 1.9
6. Michael Bourn, ATL, 1.8
7. Bryan LaHair, CHC, 1.8
A few things catch my eye:
- 4 of those 5 guys have unsustainably high BABIPs, most notably LaHair and his ridiculous .500 BABIP. Jackson and Bourn have a reasonable chance of sustaining a high BABIP on the basis of their speed, but not to that degree.
- Carlos Beltran is still a really, really good hitter. What I would have given for him in LF.
Looking down the rest of the, there are a lot of high BABIPs. It's a good reminder that while even 5 weeks in to the season, random variation still plays a huge role in who sits atop the leaderboards.