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  1. damn. do want 2013 zobrist

    Comment by pbjsandwich — August 14, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

  2. yeah I think most leagues require 20 starts at a position to become eligible for the following year. So if he gets 14 more starts then next year he could be a sneaky value pick for SS. Especially considering his numbers this year are not all that eye-popping for roto formats.

    Although, as a Zobrist owner I hope he finishes strong with Longoria back now.

    Comment by thalooch — August 14, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  3. 16 team dynasty, i have Cano at 2B, Trumbo/Choo/Bruce/Pence/Joyce/Zobrist for 3 OF slots oh, and 2 Util slots… cant wait to bench Ruben Tejada and plug the Zorilla into SS

    Comment by Pat G — August 14, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

  4. Zobrist is better than the 8th or 9th ranked second baseman. He’s among the three most productive middle infielders in the game right now, and is the best statistically since 2009.

    Throughout the past four seasons, Zobrist is the most productive middle infielder in the game, and he’s overcome a punchless, protection-less lineup this season to post a 135 OPS+, the 9th best OBP (.375), and the 7th best rWAR in the AL.

    Second Base is a pretty scarce position, and in terms of offense these past few years, it’s pretty similar to shortstop. Zobrist’s .823 OPS since 2009 is 90 points higher than the mean big league hitter’s figure during that span, and well over 100 points higher than the average middle infielder. This season, Robinson Cano (5.5) and Darwin Barney (4.7) are the only middle infielders with a higher rWAR than Zobrist’s 3.7 mark. Right now, Zobrist’s rWAR is 9th in the AL.

    Joe Madden’s defensive placement helps Zobrist’s fielding numbers, no doubt, but he’s still an extraordinarily reliable, slick fielding gloveman. He’s an above average second baseman in his career, but fringey at shortstop, suggesting his WAR would decline a bit vs. the figure he’s posted while spending a lot of time at right field. Overall though, he’s still an above-average fielder.

    Throughout the past four seasons, he’s posted a 127 OPS+, a .370 OBP, a .455 SLG and he’s averaging a 21 HR/21 SB and a whopping 64 extra-base hits annually. He’s 17.4 wins above average (using UZR formula for WAR) since the beginning of ’09. That’s more wins than any middle infielder in baseball during that span, and one of the highest marks in the game.

    Throughout the past four seasons, Zobrist is:
    3.5 wins better than Tulowitzki
    5.1 wins better than Pedroia
    6.1 wins better than Ian Kinsler
    3.8 wins better than Utley
    2.6 wins better than Cano
    12.8 wins better than Jose Reyes
    10.4 wins better than Brandon Phillips

    He’s also 1.3 wins better than Joey Votto and 1.7 wins better than Miguel Cabrera.

    Comment by RSKelley — August 18, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

  5. Zobrist will be the first Hall of Famer due to UZR and how much he saves them when playing defensively. But this super utility guy seems to disappear in the playoffs. He walks half the time, hits .229(30 points lower than his career average), and only has one homerun in like 50 at-bats. Utley is Ruth in the playoffs compared to him. And in regular season when not injured.

    Cano has all those defensive runs against him… could it be because of Derek Jeter? Giambi at first early in his career? Not Pena, David Ortiz, or Ryan Howard(who seriously would kill a guy especially how horrible he was his first few seasons at first.) And in the outfield, he had a couple of range eating cheetahs, didn’t he? Tampa Bay is good year to year for a reason. They rely on speed, fielding, and all that other stuff. Oh, and Joe Maddon’s love of the dark arts. Look at how he turns Fernando Rodney into Mariano Rivera in his prime? Or has his team contending with an injured superstar and Pena hitting his typical .188. He trades guys whose success for him that was usually short term and work of black magic quickly to other teams.

    Maddon has made it appear that Zobrist is more valuable than Cabrera over the past 4 years, lol. He’s the second coming of Jesus. No lie, best manager in the game probably at hilarity and throwing out teams with young pitchers(who end up sucking later on) to somehow compete with teams with more than double their payroll.

    Comment by Kyle — August 29, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

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