Bill James, the king of sabermetrics, coined the term "Runs Created", in his Baseball Abstract many years ago. Runs created, according to Wikipedia, is a statistic intended to quantify a player's contribution to runs scored, as well as a team's expected number of runs scored. Runs created is calculated from other offensive statistics. James' first version of it: Runs Created = (Total Bases * (Hits + Walks))/(Plate Appearances).
I saw another blogger mention this stat recently and decided to take a peek at its value as I have never used it before. Once again, I am looking strictly at the NL players. I took a look at a quick and dirty version of the "runs created" calculation by using the following formula:
(AB * OBP * SLG)
Here is a look at the top 5 hitters at each position according to Runs Created:
|Pujols, Albert 1B STL||524||0.4618||0.6527||342||81||157.94|
|Berkman, Lance 1B HOU||554||0.4195||0.5668||314||79||131.73|
|Gonzalez, Adrian 1B SD||616||0.3614||0.5097||314||69||113.47|
|Howard, Ryan 1B PHI||610||0.3386||0.5426||331||78||112.07|
|Fielder, Prince 1B MIL||588||0.3718||0.5068||298||66||110.80|
|Utley, Chase 2B PHI||607||0.3796||0.5354||325||78||123.37|
|Uggla, Dan 2B FLA||531||0.3603||0.5141||273||70||98.36|
|DeRosa, Mark 2B CHC||505||0.3756||0.4812||243||54||91.27|
|Johnson, Kelly 2B ATL||547||0.3488||0.4461||244||57||85.11|
|Phillips, Brandon 2B CIN||559||0.312||0.4419||247||52||77.07|
|Wright, David 3B NYM||626||0.3905||0.5335||334||77||130.42|
|Jones, Chipper 3B ATL||439||0.47||0.574||252||47||118.43|
|Braun, Ryan J. 3B MIL||611||0.3348||0.5532||338||83||113.16|
|Ramirez, Aramis 3B CHC||554||0.3798||0.5181||287||72||109.01|
|Glaus, Troy 3B STL||544||0.3721||0.4835||263||61||97.87|
|Ramirez, Hanley SS FLA||589||0.3997||0.5399||318||71||127.11|
|Reyes, Jose B. SS NYM||688||0.3575||0.4753||327||72||116.90|
|Drew, Stephen SS ARI||611||0.3333||0.5025||307||76||102.33|
|Hardy, J.J. SS MIL||569||0.3429||0.478||272||59||93.26|
|Guzman, Cristian SS WAS||579||0.3453||0.4404||255||49||88.05|
|Ramirez, Manny LF LA||552||0.4297||0.6014||332||74||142.65|
|Ludwick, Ryan OF STL||538||0.375||0.5911||318||80||119.25|
|Holliday, Matt LF COL||539||0.4093||0.538||290||65||118.69|
|Beltran, Carlos CF NYM||606||0.3759||0.5||303||72||113.90|
|McLouth, Nate CF PIT||597||0.3559||0.4975||297||76||105.70|
|Dunn, Adam LF ARI||517||0.3856||0.5126||265||63||102.19|
|Giles, Brian RF SD||559||0.3982||0.4562||255||56||101.55|
|Ethier, Andre LF LA||525||0.3748||0.5105||268||63||100.45|
|Burrell, Pat LF PHI||536||0.3674||0.5075||272||69||99.94|
|Kemp, Matt CF LA||606||0.3399||0.4587||278||61||94.48|
|McCann, Brian C ATL||509||0.3735||0.5226||266||66||99.35|
|Soto, Geovany C CHC||494||0.3641||0.504||249||60||90.65|
|Martin, Russell C LA||553||0.3846||0.396||219||38||84.22|
|Doumit, Ryan C PIT||431||0.357||0.5012||216||49||77.12|
|Molina, Bengie C SF||530||0.3216||0.4453||236||49||75.90|
|Iannetta, Chris C COL||333||0.3901||0.5045||168||42||65.54|
Yeah, I would say it's useful. A few things stood out for me:
1. Chris Iannetta: give him 500 ABs and he is a top 3 catcher.
2. Rafael Furcal: he had 36 runs created in only 143 ABs. Those were Pujols numbers over a full season should he have stayed healthy, but I tend to think he would have slipped off playing such a demanding position.
3. Ian Stewart: yeah, another Rockie, had 42 runs created in only 266 ABs. He should get 550 ABs next season should Colorado trade Garret Atkins. That should put him in the top 3-5 3bman in the NL. Can you say sleeper?
4. Joey Votto-he produced 98 runs created in 526 ABs in his first major league season. Something tells me he will be top 5-6 at 1b in 2009.
5. Andre Ethier/Matt Kemp-both in the top 10 of NL outfielders in their first full season.
What do faketeamers think?