One of my favorite ways to rank players overall contribution to an offense when you don’t factor in stolen bases is to look at their OPS. I was curious to see who the top OPS guys were at each spot in the order and by position and decided to try to put together the idea offensive team. To get my results, I only looked at qualified hitters. Here are the results:
Top OPS by batting order spot (Position not important)
1st – Hanley Ramirez (1.001)
2nd – Derrek Jeter (.852)
3rd – David Ortiz (1.070)
4th – Alex Rodriguez (1.081)
5th – Garrett Atkins (.891)
6th – Brad Hawpe (.918)
7th – Robinson Cano (.923)
8th – Jack Wilson (.825)
9th – Tony Pena Jr. (.655)
What I find interesting about this lineup is that the number two hitter, Jeter, has one of the lowest OPS in the lineup. I generally consider the number two guy a high contact guy that gets on base. I also look at him as someone who has more power than the number one guy as well. I was surprised to see Jeter’s OPS as low as it was compared to some of the other spots.
Where did the Cubs finish in the OPS game?
Aramis Ramirez (.915)
Derrek Lee (.913)
Alfonso Soriano (.897)
Mark DeRosa (.792)
Jacque Jones (.735)
Ryan Theriot (.672)
Not qualified, but Daryle Ward had an OPS of .963 in his 110 at bats.
Misc. Notes of Interest
– Chone Smith’s hitter projections for the 2008, though I’m not sure how you can predict that when you don’t know the lineup they will be a part of. Nonetheless, they’re available in a CSV format for you, which will open in Microsoft Excel. – (Source)
– Keith Law presents a scouting report on the top 50 free agents for this offseason. He put it out last year and it’s part of the ESPN Insider Free Preview. – (Source)
– Not really offseason related for this year, but Geoff Young, who is a blogger friend of this site took a look back at the wish lists for each team from last year and if they filled them. I was a little disappointed with the Cubs analysis, but oh well. – (Source)
– Luis Sierra is a 19 year old infielder that fits the Rudy mold at 5’11” and 150lbs. He played his first year with the White Sox farm system and played 1B, SS, & 3B while hitting .301 / .395 / .443. He had 6 HR and 51 RBI in 68 games. That’s some nice power for a 19 year old and great plate discipline.
– Tim Raines Jr. is the son of former White Sox player, Tim ‘Rock’ Raines. He’s a 27 year old OF with speed (21 SB in 23 attempts). Like Johnson, he’s had limited experience in the Majors, but didn’t fair well with Baltimore.
– Richal Acosta is not a hitter, but a pitcher. I picked him out for a couple reasons. First, he had a K/9 ratio of 13.86, which was head and shoulders above the next person at 9.2. He’s a tiny little guy at 6’1″ but 145 lbs., which has to be an typo. From what I see, he didn’t pitch in 2005 or 2006 and suddenly came back on the scene in a big way with the Pirates. I’m going to shoot an E-mail to a fellow blogger and see what I can scout on this kid.