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Nick Markakis: Comparison to his Competition

Nick Markakis: Comparison to his Competition

PostPost #1 by Tucker Blair » October 12th, 2011, 10:23 am

Markakis had the second most AB's in RF in 2011 (716). While he played solid defense, his bat was middle of the pack, if not worse in some aspects. I compared his stats to the Other RF's. All stats taken from http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=rf&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=y&type=1&season=2011&month=0&season1=2011&ind=0&team=0&players=0

There were 23 Qualifying players for RF in 2011.

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As you can see from above, Markakis was average at best in most categories. His on base categories are not exactly screaming #2 hitter. His power, is not exactly making you jump out of your seat either.
Markakis will really need to increase his performance next season to fall back in line with some of his competition in RF. There are many upcoming players that have already taken him over in a lot of areas offensively.
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Re: Nick Markakis: Comparison to his Competition

PostPost #2 by thezeroes » October 12th, 2011, 5:04 pm

Not to discount your findings but the flaw in them is that your leader board is giving plate appearances/at bats to players that played right field plus other position. An example would be Jose Bautista. He had only 511 plate appearances as a right fielder not the 655 PA's that fangraphs has given him. This is according to Baseball-Reference.

In the American League only 7 players out of the 88 that played right field had enough qualifying plate appearances for the batting title at that position. (502 PA) They are :
Nick Markakis 701
Ichiro Suzuki 676
Jeff Francoeur 655
Nick Swisher 593
Torii Hunter 564
Jose Bautista 511

In this group:
Nick is first in plate appearances.
He is second in At Bats
He is fifth in runs scored (Team Stat)
He is first in hits
He is second in doubles
He is sixth in Home Runs
He is fourth in RBI (Team Stat)
He is third in stolen base
He is third in walks
He is second in the least amount of strikeouts
He is second in batting average
He is third in on base percentage
He is fourth in OPS
He is second in total bases

These would be the comparison to his competition because of the league he played in and the games played in right field.

Overall the Orioles are in seventh spot by OPS in right field. So middle of the pack assessment seems fair.
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Re: Nick Markakis: Comparison to his Competition

PostPost #3 by Jordan Tuwiner » October 12th, 2011, 7:28 pm

It's simply amazing how far he's fallen. Once one of the premier right fielders in the game, now just an average RF as you said.

Safe to say he was one of the top three RF in the majors in 2008, if not the best.
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Re: Nick Markakis: Comparison to his Competition

PostPost #4 by Matt P » October 13th, 2011, 8:56 am

Even more proof they need to dump him now if anyone will take him. Mediocre hitting combined with mediocre fielding is not worth 12+ million per year.
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