Russell Branyan Rankings
We all know that signing Russell Branyan was an absolute bargain for the Mariners. We signed him for $1.4 million, and based on WAR he’s been worth $11.4 million – and it’s not even September yet. So no matter where he ranks among AL first basemen we should still be extremely happy to have him, but I’ve been curious for quite awhile now as to how he compares to others – and I would assume some of you have too. So let’s take a look at where this 1.4 million dollar journeyman stands. All rankings are among first basemen.
Stat A.L. Rank M.L. Rank Number (stat)
wOBA 9th 17th .367
ISO 3rd 8th .270
OPS 7th 15th .867
BB% 5th 12th 11.8%
WAR 7th 13th 2.5
HR 3rd 8th 30
UZR 6th 12th -0.3
RNG 4th 7th 1.1
E 11th 23rd 10
So aside from errors and wOBA he’s in the top half of the AL in every category. He’s about where I would expect with numbers like ISO and HR, but the ones that really stand out to me are his range and his BB%. I had absolutely no idea that his range was so good – if it wasn’t for all of the errors he’d probably be looked at as one of the best defensive first basemen in the game. Now errors are by no means a good measure of overall defense, but they do still mean something – when it comes to having good hands and being able to play the ball well, especially in the infield, errors is, as of now, the only good stat for measuring it.
I didn’t bother putting in the strikeout numbers, as you can probably figure those out by yourself, but the high walk percentage is impressive. It’s been said a million times – he’s a true three outcome guy, but he manages to hit home runs and walk enough that the 3rd outcome, when it happens, is less frustrating.
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