Rookie Leaderboards!

There is now “rookie” filtering in the leaderboards.

The criteria to be a rookie is any season where a player has started the season with fewer than 130 at-bats, and fewer than 50 innings pitched. Roster time is not a factor in these, so there may be the occasional player that show up that is not technically a rookie by MLB standards.

What’s neat is you can combine this with the “Multiple Seasons” feature to get the best rookies of any decade (or any time period really). For instance, here are the top rookie seasons by pitcher WAR since 1980.

And here are the top rookie seasons by batter WAR from 2000 to 2009.

It’s worth noting that if you don’t check the “split season” box, it will combine all a player’s seasons when they were rookie eligible and it will not “split out” the seasons.

Anyway, there’s lots of neat ways to filter this data and please let us know if you run into any bugs.



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David Appelman is the creator of FanGraphs.


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filihok
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5 years 1 month ago

#winning

Shaun
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Shaun
5 years 1 month ago

I noticed that Verlander’s rookie year didn’t show up. Appears to be a glitch since he had a 3.1 WAR. Really cool feature though.

gu03alum
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gu03alum
5 years 1 month ago

2001 was a really good year for rookies.

Oliver
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Oliver
5 years 1 month ago

That jumped out at me first. The thing that struck me second was Braun way down the first page of hitters, behind the likes of Kahlil Greene, thanks to his -27.7 fielding adjustment. That makes me crave an absolute value feature that would allow me to search the best offensive contributions matched by the worst gloves.

Ben
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Ben
5 years 1 month ago

sick

brhas
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5 years 1 month ago

Thank you!

Ryan
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Ryan
5 years 1 month ago

Francisco Liriano?

Rally
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Rally
5 years 1 month ago

Awesome. This certainly fills a need in the stat universe.

phoenix2042
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phoenix2042
5 years 1 month ago

this site is so awesome!

theperfectgame
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theperfectgame
5 years 1 month ago

It’s ridiculous how often this site amazes me.

Un-freaking-believable.

Jay
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5 years 1 month ago

Ha, looking at 07. Braun had only 2.8 WAR despite a .422 wOBA. How can such a preternaturally good hitter be so completely inept in the field?

Kevin
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Kevin
5 years 1 month ago

Obviously 3B was not a good fit for Braun, 2007 was his only season there. Plus, his WAR would have been much higher if he was called up earlier and he put up the same numbers over more than 113 games.

Fred
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Fred
5 years 1 month ago

Hinske’d

Colin
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Colin
5 years 1 month ago

Can I assume that the 130 ABs or 50 Innings is not counting any ABs or innings pitched that occurred in September, or is that part of the roster time rules that you’re excluding?

:(
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:(
5 years 1 month ago

No Buster Posey in ’10

sluggerrr
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sluggerrr
5 years 1 month ago

No Zach Grienke? He’s a first pager with a 3.8 WAR per Baseball-Reference.

sluggerrr
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sluggerrr
5 years 1 month ago

…and I might add that it was a TRAVESTY that he didn’t win the ROY over Bobby Crosby!

DJG
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DJG
5 years 1 month ago

Mark Eichorn 5+ WAR without starting a game. Crazy.

Scott
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Scott
5 years 1 month ago

Thanks a ton

Thanks to your site I no know Michael Bourn played 260 games as a rookie.That’s a factoid I don’t want to lose.

Marco
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Marco
5 years 1 month ago

Finally!

Dwayne
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Dwayne
5 years 5 days ago

What happened to Danny Espinosa. He used to show up as a rookie but not now?

David
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4 years 11 months ago

I saw that as well…

Apparently they fixed it.

Bill but not Ted
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Bill but not Ted
4 years 9 months ago

Great tool.

Not sure WAR is the best metric to evaluate rookies since UZR “needs three years to stabilize”

great gifts for a chef
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4 years 8 months ago

A great chef once said that cooking professionally is not just a job, it is a mental illness. Patrick O’Connell told me that one does not choose this industry, it chooses you. Both bits of wisdom ring true. I cook simply because I cannot imagine doing anything else. As Bourdain says, “Cook free or die!”

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