Cust vs Wilkerson


You know it’s so awesome to be surrounded with smart people and to have quick access to their work.

 

Let me provide an example before moving on to my real grievance. Let’s say you were asked to identify who the better-hitting catcher is between John Jaso and Jeff Mathis. If the anonymous questioner only gave you 2011 data, then you would see that Jaso is hitting .167/.205/.286 (44 plate appearances) while Mathis entered Monday night’s game with a slash line of .214/.227/.381 (46 plate appearances). If you had no previous knowledge, no ability to look up old information, nothing but 2011 data, then you might say Mathis, but alas, you are rarely that restricted.

RJ Anderson and the Process Report

 

More beyond the jump…

I dislike the compairson of Brad Wilkerson to Jack Cust. Mainly because at the time of the signing Wilkerson had been two years removed from any type of productivity. Where as Cust had a decent season.

 

Wilkerson

Year Age Tm PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2001 24 MON 136 11 24 7 2 1 5 17 41 .205 .304 .325 .628 63
2002 25 MON 603 92 135 27 8 20 59 81 161 .266 .370 .469 .840 117
2003 26 MON 602 78 135 34 4 19 77 89 155 .268 .380 .464 .844 115
2004 27 MON 688 112 146 39 2 32 67 106 152 .255 .374 .498 .872 119
2005 28 WSN 661 76 140 42 7 11 57 84 147 .248 .351 .405 .756 103
2006 29 TEX 365 56 71 15 2 15 44 37 116 .222 .306 .422 .728 86
2007 30 TEX 389 54 79 17 1 20 62 43 107 .234 .319 .467 .786 104
2008 31 TOT 309 21 58 12 2 4 28 35 68 .220 .308 .326 .634 71
2008 31 SEA 68 1 13 4 0 0 5 10 15 .232 .348 .304 .652 78
2008 31 TOR 241 20 45 8 2 4 23 25 53 .216 .297 .332 .629 69
162 Game Avg. 626 83 131 32 5 20 67 82 158 .247 .350 .440 .790 104

Cust

Year Age Tm PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2001 22 ARI 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167 200
2002 23 COL 78 8 11 2 0 1 8 0 1 12 32 .169 .295 .246 .541 36
2003 24 BAL 84 7 19 7 0 4 11 0 0 10 25 .260 .357 .521 .878 129
2004 25 BAL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100
2006 27 SDP 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 79
2007 28 OAK 507 61 101 18 1 26 82 0 2 105 164 .256 .408 .504 .912 146
2008 29 OAK 598 77 111 19 0 33 77 0 0 111 197 .231 .375 .476 .851 129
2009 30 OAK 612 88 123 16 0 25 70 4 1 93 185 .240 .356 .417 .773 104
2010 31 OAK 425 50 95 19 0 13 52 2 2 68 127 .272 .395 .438 .834 128
2011 32 SEA 86 5 12 1 0 0 7 0 0 16 25 .171 .326 .186 .511 55
162 Game Avg. 623 77 123 21 0 27 80 2 2 108 197 .243 .376 .443 .819 120

 

Now there are certainly some key facts that are not included and I’m not in any way trying to say that Cust is still all there. I’m just saying that the comparison of Wilkerson to Cust isn’t a very good one.

Despite their similarities in their prime they were not the same people at the time they signed with the Mariners. Wilkerson was a terrible sign at the time by a desperate front office. Cust was a value sign that presented a significant upgrade over the past years black hole. There was some evidence of decline but not nearly to the effective that there was with Wilkerson. It was also just as likely that Cust would still be of offensive value to this team.

Next Mariners Game View full schedule »
Saturday, Aug 3030 Aug6:10Washington NationalsBuy Tickets

Tags: Brad Wilkerson Jack Cust

  • http://Retired maqman

    I had high hopes for Wilkerson and Cust, which might explain why I never got an interview for a GM vacancy.

    • Harrison Crow

      Wilkerson’s OPS+ from age 27-31 is immensely different from Cust age 27-31. I was also very excited about Cust but Wilkerson I wasn’t very excited about.