Monday, November 18, 2013

2013 Los Angeles Dodgers season review: Outfielders

The Dodgers' outfield was quite solid despite a rash of injuries in 2013. It got a boost from a hot-hitting rookie, a quitely consistent center fielder and a fast-starting left fielder. They also didn't get much from their former MVP candidate.

Dodgers outfield by the numbers

Left field
719 PA, 80 R, 170 H, 37 2B, 3 3B, 11 HR, 50 RBI, 17 SB, 57 BB, 100 K

Center field
695 PA, 74 R, 176 H, 38 2B, 1 3B, 14 HR, 73 RBI, 12 SB, 65 BB, 140 K

Right field
711 PA, 85 R, 183 H, 36 2B, 3 3B, 25 HR, 67 RBI, 12 SB, 61 BB, 149 K

Individual performers (all Wins Above Replacement numbers taken from FanGraphs)

.283/.329/.407, 6 HR, 31 RBI, 15 SB, 6.0 BB%, 2.9 WAR
- Crawford got off to a hot start, leading the Dodgers in April and early May. He cooled off, (predictably) got hurt, struggled before somewhat surging before the playoffs. He then proceeded to hit four home runs in 10 playoff games. He's a streaky hitter who was solid defensively in left field.
Grade: B

.270/.328/.395, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 15 2B, 7.6 BB%, -0.4 WAR
- Kemp wasn't healthy to start the season, and it showed. Once he got healthy, he got hurt, again. Once he got healthy, again, he got hurt, again. The ankle injury he suffered the Sunday after the All-Star break in Washington bothered him the rest of the season. He showed signs of the MVP-caliber player he is, but his health wouldn't allow him to sustain it. It was surprising that he didn't play in the playoffs because of the severity of his ankle injury. Hopefully he doesn't play in 2014 until he's 100 percent. Two off-season surgries mean he might not be ready for the start of the season, which is OK.
Grade: D+

.272/.360/.423, 12 HR, 52 RBI, 33 2B, 11.0 BB%, 2.9 WAR
- Ethier's season was good, if unspectacular. His on-base percentage was respectable, his walk rate was above-average and his play in center field was surprisingly good. He'll likely be traded this off-season, but his 2013 performance was much better than it seemed.
Grade: B

.319/.391/.534, 19 HR, 42 RBI, 21 2B, 8.3 BB%, 4.0 WAR
- Puig was the Dodgers' most valuable and best outfielder after being recalled on June 3. His debut was great as he took the baseball world by storm. His power is undeniable, as is his arm. I don't think he's a .319 hitter going forward, but he's definitely a player you can build your team around. He's only going to get better with age (he'll be 23 next season).
Grade: A

.263/.332/.332, 2 HR, 30 RBI, 16 2B, 7.9 BB%, -1.0 WAR
- Schumaker's numbers don't look that bad, but they still amounted to a minus-1-win player. He was a win worse than anyone the Dodgers could have acquired off the waiver wire or in Triple-A. At least he threw a scoreless inning of relief and topped out at 91 MPH on the radar gun. He gets a half-a-grade point for that alone.
Grade: D

.240/.342/.465, 7 HR, 19 RBI, 8 2B, 13.2 BB%, 0.9 WAR
- Van Slyke proved himself to be a capable bench player with power for the Dodgers -- something they haven't had in seemingly forever. Yet, he was absent in the playoffs despite being on the roster. Van Slyke should be the fourth outfielder this team absolutely needs (after someone is traded, of course).
Grade: B

The rest
Nick Buss, Grade: INC
Alex CastellanosGrade: INC
Elian HerreraGrade: INC

Photo credits: Dustin Nosler, Feelin' Kinda Blue

1 comment:

  1. A .360 OBP, top 30 in MLB, is "respectable"? Reading your work before, you're better than that.

    I also don't know why people are so whatever about trading Ethier. Crawford is the inferior player, and having an OF of Kemp/Crawford/Puig is scary in terms of DL stints.

    Kemp obviously has higher upside than Ethier, and Crawford obviously has less value, but theres a good chance (especially looking at Ned) that whatever we get in an Ethier trade makes us worse in 2014. Kemp has higher upside but we have limited knowledge of what he is going to be after multiple surgeries. I'm not buying that it's a guarantee that trading him is selling low.

    I think teams, like a lot of Dodger fans, saw glimpses of his upside in 2013 and can attribute his down year 100% to injuries. What happens if in 2014 he is healthy but takes a step back because the injuries come back to worsen him like those similar injuries have done to Carl and Adrian? Than the 2014 value of Kemp is lower than 2013.

    I'm not saying that's gonna happen, cause I feel theres a solid chance that if healthy he's a .850-.900 OPS hitter. But we can't ignore the real possibility that maybe the front office sees those injuries and thinks he might decline a bit.

    Maybe I'm too much of an Ethier fan? Idk. I just hate reading when people want to riot over trading Kemp but Ethier it's like "oh well wtv, we will be fine without him"