FanGraphs is running a series of positional power rankings, where, to quote from the introduction, they are
...going position by position around the league, and comparing the relative merits of each team’s options at each spot on the field for 2012. This is only looking at the upcoming season and doesn’t account for potential long term value – we’re just concerned with what each team may get from a given spot on the field this year.
Below are the first several, along with where the Phillies are ranked...
First Base: #21 (300 PAs for Howard)
Second Base: #5 (550 PAs for Utley)
Shortstop: #7 (600 PAs for Rollins)
Third Base: #21 (500 PAs for Polanco)
Center Field: #4
Right Field: #10
Left FIeld: #18 (Nix 250, Mayberry 225, Brown 150, Pierre 75)
After adding up the fWAR for every team in the NL, here is a summary:
1) The Phillies' position players were 5th in the NL in fWAR in 2011, and are projected to remain 5th in 2012.
2) Phillies' position players are projected to improve by 2.6 fWAR, from 24.4 in 2011 to 27.0 in 2012 (the average NL team improves by 0.8 fWAR).
- The Braves are projected to have the biggest increase, followed by Pirates, Marlines, and Giants.
- Milwaukee has the biggest projected decline.
- As typically happens, the range for the projections (17.1-31.6) is tighter than last year's actual results (14.2-34.9).