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Daily Notes: Nerd Stats for the U.S. WBC Roster

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.

1. Nerds Stats for the United States’ Provisional WBC Team
2. Video: Craig Kimbrel Doing Whatever

Nerds Stats for the United States’ Provisional WBC Team
This past Thursday, all 16 participants in this year’s World Baseball Classic announced their provisional rosters for that same tournament (which itself begins in early March). Over the course of this week, we’ll consider the nerds stats for some of the notable WBC’s rosters, where notable is defined as “those which most interest the author on that particular morning.”

Below are the members of the United States team, accompanied by various nerd stats from the last three seasons of major-league play.

Here, first, are the field players for the US national team, sorted by WAR per every 650 plate appearances over the past three seasons:


Name Team PA AVG OBP SLG BABIP wRC+ WAR WAR/650
Ryan Braun Brewers 1991 .318 .384 .563 .342 156 19.9 6.5
Giancarlo Stanton Marlins 1498 .270 .350 .553 .328 140 13.1 5.7
Ben Zobrist Rays 1997 .259 .359 .433 .293 122 16.4 5.3
Joe Mauer Twins 1558 .315 .399 .437 .348 130 12.0 5.0
David Wright Mets 1787 .285 .365 .480 .332 130 13.7 5.0
Brandon Phillips Reds 1985 .285 .336 .439 .304 109 14.3 4.7
Shane Victorino – – – 1900 .264 .334 .432 .280 109 13.0 4.4
Jimmy Rollins Phillies 1724 .255 .325 .405 .263 98 11.3 4.3
Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 1111 .279 .326 .412 .315 101 6.6 3.9
Mark Teixeira Yankees 1920 .252 .347 .484 .253 123 10.4 3.5
Adam Jones Orioles 1936 .284 .326 .472 .315 114 10.0 3.4
J.P. Arencibia Blue Jays 895 .222 .275 .433 .261 89 2.0 1.5
Willie Bloomquist – – – 918 .280 .316 .370 .323 82 0.4 0.3
Averages   1632 .274 .342 .455 .304 116 11.0 4.1

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Now, here are the US pitchers who’ve made at least 50% of their appearances in a starting capactiy, sorted by WAR per every 200 innings:


Name Team IP K% BB% GB% xFIP- ERA- WAR WAR/200
R.A. Dickey Mets 616.2 18.6% 6.0% 50.5% 93 78 9.9 3.2
Derek Holland Rangers 430.2 19.8% 7.8% 44.5% 97 97 6.4 3.0
Ryan Vogelsong Giants 369.1 19.3% 8.0% 44.5% 103 82 4.7 2.5
Averages 471.8 19.2% 7.3% 46.5% 98 86 7.0 2.9

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And now, here the US players who’ve pitched mostly in relief, with WAR per every 60 innings:


Name Team IP K% BB% GB% xFIP- ERA- WAR WAR/60
Craig Kimbrel Braves 160.1 45.3% 9.9% 44.3% 41 38 7.3 2.7
Kris Medlen Braves 248.0 21.2% 4.6% 48.4% 81 62 5.6 1.4
Glen Perkins Twins 153.2 24.8% 6.7% 46.6% 78 73 2.8 1.1
Vinnie Pestano Indians 137.0 30.1% 9.5% 39.8% 81 63 2.5 1.1
Heath Bell – – – 196.1 23.6% 9.4% 44.8% 90 82 3.4 1.0
Steve Cishek Marlins 122.2 24.3% 9.4% 54.2% 90 66 2.0 1.0
Luke Gregerson Padres 205.2 23.4% 7.0% 49.1% 84 77 2.1 0.6
Chris Perez Indians 180.1 21.2% 9.3% 34.3% 104 72 1.7 0.6
Jeremy Affeldt Giants 175.0 20.6% 9.4% 59.4% 90 82 1.4 0.5
Mitchell Boggs Cardinals 201.1 18.8% 8.2% 52.3% 97 81 1.2 0.4
Averages 177.8 25.3% 8.3% 47.3% 84 70 3.0 1.0

Notes
• All averages are simple averages — that is, not weighted by innings pitched.

• While listed here among the club’s relief pitchers, it’s entirely possible that Kris Medlen would start for the U.S. — which is to say, the role in which he ended the 2012 season for Atlanta.

• How manager Joe Torre deploys Ben Zobrist will of some interest. Despite his relatively low profile, Zobrist has been one of the best players in the majors since 2010 — better, for example, than either Adam Jones or Brandon Phillips, to whom Torre might be inclined to give starting spots.

Video: Craig Kimbrel Doing Whatever
The author appears to have found a pretense upon which to embed video of Atlanta uber-reliever Craig Kimbrel into this post. Here’s footage of Kimbrel from September, striking out four batters in a single inning of work.