Thursday, October 30, 2008

AAA Errors Leaders

First off, congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies for winning the 2008 World Series. As always it was a long trip with ups and downs for every team, but the 2008 season that started half a world away, half a year ago, is finally over. Since my last two posts have highlighted how inept Phillies teams were historically, I'm glad Philadelphia fans have a championship to celebrate.

I was going to continue my award winners posts by talking about which pitchers saved the highest percentage of their team's wins, but I haven't gotten around to doing that yet. There's another idea of two that I was given a few weeks ago I have squirreled away as well. Busy, lazy, unfocused, whatever. I'll be posting on those topics soon.

I do have something else to talk about today though. Have you ever casually followed a minor leaguer, seen he's committed a fair number of errors, and wondered how he stacks up against the rest of his league? It's pretty difficult to find defensive leaderboards for minor league teams. Sure, individual batting stats for each minor league team on milb.com have a column for errors, but there's no way to compare players around the league short of looking at every team.

Using the data available in the minor leagues section of Baseball-Reference.com, it's possible to put together league leaderboards. I've only put together the numbers for AAA players so far, but once I get all the leagues done, I'll start posting by position. For now, though, I've got a listing of the most total errors committed by one player in AAA this past season. I've used the common scoring number to indicate positions played (6 = shortstop, etc.) and multiple positions are listed in order of innings played there.

Most Total Errors in AAA in 2008

RankNameOrg(s)PosGInnTCEDPFP
1Matt TuiasosopoSEA5108919.32812716.904
2Mark SaccomannoHOU5-31321104.36452461.963
3Joaquin AriasTEX4-686739.34142354.944

Andres BlancoCHC6-5-497725.03892349.941

Matt MacriMIN6-4-5-387721.04112364.944

Jesus MerchanARI6-4-5-7113954.35122383.955

Sergio SantosTOR
MIN

6-5-3106911.04112350.944
8Michael CostanzoBAL5-3-2112957.75182236.958

Aaron HerrCLE
CIN
5-477637.32232215.901
10Jamie D'AntonaARI5-3-296764.73072125.932
11Ryan RobertsTEX4-5-6-71261063.34812054.958

Mike RouseCHW
PHI
6112955.74572069.956

Danny SandovalCLE
TOR
6-4-5119971.35182077.961

Freddy SandovalLAA5-3-4-71221041.75082057.961

Brandon WoodLAA6-5104898.74102062.951

I think that's one category Matt Tuiasosopo didn't want to lead the league in. These lucky fifteen were the only players who managed to reach twenty errors this season.

If you looked at the fielding percentage of Tuiasosopo and Aaron Herr and thought they must be near the bottom of the league, you are correct. Among all players who spent more than 400 innings in the field, only one guy had a lower fielding percentage than those two.

Worst Fielding Percentage in AAA in 2008 (minimum 400 innings on defense)
  1. Morgan Ensberg (CLE), .891
  2. Aaron Herr (CLE/CIN), .901
  3. Matt Tuiasosopo (SEA), .904
  4. Ian Stewart (COL), .914
  5. Brendan Katin (MIL), .926
  6. Jamie D'Antona (ARI), .932
  7. Anderson Machado (NYM), .933
  8. Josh Fields (CHW), .933
  9. Luis Terrero (BAL), .937
  10. Brandon Fahey (BAL), .938
  11. Jeff Baisley (OAK), .938
  12. Enrique Cruz (ATL), .938
These were the only players to finish under .940 on the season. If you're familiar with the minor leagues you might notice the two outfielders on this list: Brendan Katin and Luis Terrero. Terrero in fact led all AAA outfielders with thirteen errors last season. Katin was hot on his trail with ten.

I think a suitable way to end this post about defensive struggles is to check out some truly bad fielding percentages. Here are the worst AAA fielding percentages for players with ten or more total chances in the field at a given position.

NamePositionOrg.Total
Chances
ErrorsFP
Casey DaiglePMIN176.647
Brian SlocumPCLE176.647
John ParrishPTOR227.682
Brandon Fahey3BBAL134.692
Mike GoslingPTOR144.714
Jeff KennardPLAA113.727
Marcus GwynPFLA123.750
Chip Cannon3BTOR256.760
Brandon VillafuertePFLA274.765
Giancarlo AlvaradoPLAA133.769

Pitcher's fielding practice, people, come on! I guess the Brandon Fahey and Chip Cannon at third base experiments didn't turn out so well. It's interesting to see how a couple organizations have multiple players but I doubt it says anything: a lot of the pitchers here are veteran guys who have spent time in more than one organization.

1 comment:

David said...

Mark Saccomanno....is that Bob's kid?