Young position stars of 2010-11

In case you’ve forgotten, here are the top bWAR seasons over the past 2 years by players who will be 26 or under in 2012.

All seasons of at least 3.9 WAR are listed. No SS or 2B reached that level, so in order to round out a lineup (see the top 8 in the table), I’ve included the top figure at each position. (Dustin Ackley’s 2.5 WAR in 90 games does project to 4.5 per 162G.) Lastly, I included Brett Lawrie’s 2011 on the grounds of ┬áhis tremendous rate of 10.5 WAR per 162 games.

Pos Player WAR OPS+ Rbat Rfld Rbr Yr Age
2012
Tm G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OBP OPS Pos
3B Evan Longoria 7.6 143 36 13 4 2010 26 TBR 151 661 96 169 46 5 22 104 72 124 .372 .879 *5
RF Mike Stanton 5.7 141 30 20 -3 2011 22 FLA 150 601 79 135 30 5 34 87 70 166 .356 .893 *9/8D
CF Andrew McCutchen 5.5 127 24 7 -2 2011 25 PIT 158 678 87 148 34 5 23 89 89 126 .364 .820 *8/D
C Alex Avila 5.4 143 31 -1 -2 2011 25 DET 141 551 63 137 33 4 19 82 73 131 .389 .895 *2/D5
LF Carlos Gonzalez 5.0 143 36 -2 5 2010 26 COL 145 636 111 197 34 9 34 117 40 135 .376 .974 789
RF Jay Bruce 4.6 124 18 18 1 2010 25 CIN 148 573 80 143 23 5 25 70 58 136 .353 .846 *9
SS Asdrubal Cabrera 3.7 119 15 -6 1 2011 26 CLE 151 667 87 165 32 3 25 92 44 119 .332 .792 *6
2B Dustin Ackley 2.5 117 9 1 0 2011 24 SEA 90 376 39 91 16 7 6 36 40 79 .348 .766 *4/D3
3B Evan Longoria 6.3 139 29 11 -1 2011 26 TBR 133 574 78 118 26 1 31 99 80 93 .355 .850 *5/D
3B Pablo Sandoval 6.1 153 30 14 1 2011 25 SFG 117 466 55 134 26 3 23 70 32 63 .357 .909 *5/3D
RF Jason Heyward 5.2 131 26 7 1 2010 22 ATL 142 623 83 144 29 5 18 72 91 128 .393 .849 *9
CF Peter Bourjos 5.0 115 9 13 3 2011 25 LAA 147 552 72 136 26 11 12 43 32 124 .327 .765 *8
1B Daric Barton 4.2 120 21 11 -2 2010 26 OAK 159 686 79 152 33 5 10 57 110 102 .393 .798 *3
RF Justin Upton 4.1 141 34 -8 2 2011 24 ARI 159 674 105 171 39 5 31 88 59 126 .369 .898 *9
C Matt Wieters 4.0 113 8 10 0 2011 26 BAL 139 551 72 131 28 0 22 68 48 84 .328 .778 *2/D3
CF Andrew McCutchen 4.0 121 18 -4 3 2010 25 PIT 154 653 94 163 35 5 16 56 70 89 .365 .814 *8
C Carlos Santana 3.9 124 22 -4 0 2011 26 CLE 155 658 84 132 35 2 27 79 97 133 .351 .808 *23/D
3B Brett Lawrie 2.8 152 10 10 1 2011 23 TOR 43 171 26 44 8 4 9 25 16 31 .373 .953 *5
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/31/2012.

For space reasons, I abbreviated some Play Index terms in the table header:

  • “Rfld” is Rfield, a.k.a. War Runs Fielding.
  • “Rbr” is Rbaser, a.k.a. War Runs Baserunning.

Note that the age listed is the age they will be in 2012.

And yes, I capriciously set the bar at 3.9 WAR in order to include Carlos Santana.

Who will be the new young stars this year?

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Dr. Doom
Dr. Doom
12 years ago

Two things: First, Evan Longoria. Sheesh. It seems like he’s been around a long time, so I forget how young he actually is sometimes. What a player, though. Yikes. Second, I have an obnoxious question. Do you know if there’s any possibility of getting sortable tables from b-r? I ask because when there were these posts over at the ol’ b-r blog, that made it really easy to find things out, like which team had the most players appear or which player was the youngest, or who had the fewest PAs, or who was on the list more than once,… Read more »

Andy
Admin
12 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Doom

Dr. Doom, I am looking into that issue. I suspect we can improve the table display now that we’re on a standalone platform and I can run any scripts I want. I’ve asked Sean for his input.

Tmckelv
Tmckelv
12 years ago

It looks like no team has multiple players (if you only count the actual 3.9 bWAR seasons) on the list.

PIT and TBR have 2 entries, but they are the same players (McCutcheon & Longoria). CLE has 2 entries, with one @ 3.7 (Cabrera – added to find a SS) and the other at the “capricious” bar of 3.9 (Santana).

It is nice to see the young talent spread out through the Leagues. Of course, in order to see any Yankees, I will have to wait for the “Age over 36 and WAR less than 3.9” list.

Andy
Admin
12 years ago

JA, it looks like you wrote this post after me but it got posted before mine, burying itself automatically. I’m not sure why, but perhaps your time zone is set incorrectly within your profile. I tried to check it as ad admin but I have no access to it–check it out within the WordPress dashboard.

Hartvig
Hartvig
12 years ago

The balance of talent between the leagues is a little more balanced than I thought it might be before reading the article. Just glancing over the ROY voting for the past few seasons a month or 2 ago it seemed to me that the NL had considerably more potentially big impact talent in the pipe-line than the AL but it appears that might not be the case. Especially since guys like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper and a bunch of KC Royals have yet to show what (if anything) they are capable of. And that’s a good thing since young… Read more »

Frank Clingenpeel
Frank Clingenpeel
12 years ago
Reply to  Hartvig

It is beginning to appear like the AL is finally taking the DH spot seriously, rather than as an excuse to display players who otherwise should have retired.

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Frank Clingenpeel
Frank Clingenpeel
12 years ago

My first real prediction of 2012;

Look for Yonder Alonso to make this list after this season.

Tristram12
Tristram12
12 years ago

How about that Mike Stanton? His age/rank combo really stands out.

Cory Atchason
Cory Atchason
12 years ago

its comical that daric barton makes the list basically because of all the walks he had in 2010. check his numbers for last year and i don’t know who would want him.