mobzz wrote:So you are saying average player hits .285 with 22 hrs and 11 steals. and that all three players below would be worth about the same?
a) .310 22 11
b) .285 22 46
c) .285 46 11
If I'm using your math right then I think I have been extremely undervaluing average all these years
It's complicated, but essentially yes. Ignoring runs and rbis,
a) .310 22 11 - Nick Markakis
b) .285 22 46 - Jimmy Rollins on a good year.
c) .285 46 11 - Prince Fielder
Now the value of BA varies a bit with your league setup. The more players taken, the less one player's awesome or horrific BA affects your team. BA is hard to project exactly, and of course throughout the season tends to fluctuate. A handful of extra hits can make a player's average shoot up, or if he goes into a small slump, it plummets. So you want to just account for that when drafting.
We've had discussions here recently re: the value of SB - is average and std dev an appropriate method of comparing them to other stats. We didn't really come up with an answer,and I don't know how this site uses their numbers in their evaluations.
So yes, a few extra points in batting average makes a player much more valuable to your team. That explains why anyone would use a roster spot on Christian Guzman.