The Middle Infield Positions Have Regressed To What They Used To Be In The MLB Power Wise
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Part of going over the winter transactions wire for all players available in the league has taught me even more of what I had thought about the state of the MLB currently.
Since steroids have been removed practically from the game, Third Base, Short Stop and Second Baseman have seen their numbers plummet offensively.
You could also lump the First Baseman, Outfielders and Catchers to this list as well, however they still own the predominant amount of power hitters in the game.
So you have a need a Third Base this offseason…That is bad news for you because David Freese is the best available Free Agent on the market.
How about SS? You will likely overpay for the services of Ian Desmond, and what kind of player/fielder will come off in Asdrubal Cabrera. Veterans Jimmy Rollins and Alexei Ramirez will probably cost too much and not provide that kind of value in return.
This was a reason why I gave Angels new GM Billy Eppler praise for acquiring Andrelton Simmons last week – despite the fact he is to receive $53 MIL over the next five seasons.
Granted there are a few good players at 2B available in Ben Zobrist, Daniel Murphy and Howie Kendrick at 2B. But other than Murphy’s incredible 2015 NLDS and NLCS, these guys don’t generally club the baseball out of the yard.
Did you know that those two gentlemen were the only two to go yard 20+ times in the Majors at the position last year? It was the second straight year like that with Dozier and Neil Walker only accomplishing the feat in 2014 as well – tying with 23 HRs each.
For the past decade, this amount has been rapidly dwindling. 6 – 7 years ago there were guys who routinely clubbed 30+ HRs at the position like Dan Uggla, Chase Utley, Ian Kinsler, Brandon Phillips, Aaron Hill and Cano.
The hot corner also has stalwart young studs like Kris Bryant, Manny Machado and Kyle Seager to dominate the league for the next 10 years. Plus there are several great veterans like Matt Carpenter, Adrian Beltre and Evan Longoria to throw out there too.
Point being, there is a reason why clubs love to pick up a guy like Juan Uribe every year. It is because the Third Base position as a whole is in total scarcity. It was a why a player like Pablo Sandoval was so handsomely paid in the last off season.
There were also only two Shortstops that had over 20 HRs, and they were Brandon Crawford, and AL Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa, who led all of the MLB with big flies at the position with 22 – even though he wasn’t even called up until June.
Troy Tulowiztki should hit more than 20+ HRs every year – but he always struggles to stay healthy.
Guys that were mashing 20+ HRs on a regular basis before were also Hanley Ramirez, who has recently switched to the Outfield and now First Base, and also J.J. Hardy had an abysmal last few years for power after routinely punching out 20+ HRs into the seats before that.
Off on a tangent here, but in 2006, a SS for the Brewers named Bill Hall clubbed 35 HRs to led the league for the position.
We don’t see guys like Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra and Derek Jeter playing at an MVP caliber clip from the position. Jimmy Rollins also snuck out an MVP in 2007. He was the last SS to win the award in the NL.
A-Rod was the last American League Shortstop to win the award.
Positional HR leaders in 2015 for the MLB
C – Brian McCann, NYY – 26
1B – Chris Davis, BAL – 47
2B – Brian Dozier, MIN – 28
SS – Carlos Correa, HOU – 22
3B – Nolan Arenado, COL – 42
CF – Mike Trout, LAA – 41
LF – Yoenis Cespedes, DET – NYM: 35
RF – Nelson Cruz, SEA – 44
OF – Nelson Cruz, SEA – 44
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Posted on November 18, 2015, in HRs, MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis and tagged aaron hill, adrian beltre, alexei ramirez, andrelton simmons, ben zobrist, bill hall, brandon crawford, Brian Dozier, cal ripken jr, chase utley, dan uggla, daniel murphy, david freese, derek jeter, evan longoria, howie kendrick, ian kinsler, j.j. hardy, jimmy rollins, juan uribe, kris bryant, kyle seager, manny machado, matt carpenter, Mike Trout, neil walker, nomar garciaparra, pablo sandoval, robinson cano, top homerun hitters in the 2015 MLB Season, yoenis cespedes. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.