August 26, 2009

JustSON Numbers: Kevin Youkilis is a stud

My baseball fandom has reached a new level of geekiness thanks to a tip from a coworker. If you have no social life, please go to which will completely change the way you look at the game of baseball.

After taking a quick look at the Boston Red Sox roster on fangraphs and loading up the Value Page, I've discovered that Kevin Youkilis is the most valuable player on the team (at least offensively). The Value formula on this site basically determines how much more value a player holds compared to a AAA replacement.

Here's Kevin Youkilis' numbers in a dumbed down version of the value page.

Youkilis is worth 4.6 more wins a season. (Assuming that a team of AAA replacements would win 50 games in a season)

He also will score 33.1 runs more than your regular AAA replacement during a season.

Okay maybe it's just me, but I find this absolutely facinating. Another thing you'll notice when you look at this value page is the fact that for the most part, the Boston Red Sox defensive value is terrible. That's what you get when you have Nick Green at shortstop and Mike Lowell's miracle hip at third base.

Check the site out, you will not regret it.

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