ZIPS Projections: 2013 Diamondbacks

Ian Kennedy: 2013's Most Valuable Diamondback? - Dustin Bradford

'Skins posted a Fanpost to these a while ago, but it's probably something which does deserve rather more discussion. So, I've copied, pasted and generally tidied up the numbers, into a format which contains the numbers most likely to be of interest to us here.

This follows up on the earlier pieces, where we looked at the Bill James system and the CAIRO system projections. The last of the "big three" is now out, with Dan Szymborski's ZIPS system, which has moved from Baseball Think Factory over to Fangraphs.

Hitters

Player BA OBP SLG OBA PA R H HR RBI SB CS OPS+ WAR
Montero .267 .354 .428 .335 506 53 118 14 73 0 1 108 3.4
Hill .271 .326 .444 .330 624 74 155 20 78 11 5 104 3.2
Eaton .275 .358 .389 .331 719 87 174 7 61 33 14 100 2.8
Goldschmidt .259 .338 .467 .345 645 77 147 26 92 12 2 113 2.3
Pennington .258 .315 .380 .303 541 63 126 8 50 19 7 85 1.9
Gregorius .271 .306 .396 .294 550 57 139 7 58 5 8 86 1.9
Kubel .260 .328 .485 .342 515 59 120 24 85 1 1 114 1.6
Ross .260 .321 .448 .329 517 65 122 19 74 4 2 103 1.4
Parra .273 .331 .400 .307 509 57 126 8 47 13 5 95 1.4
Davidson .239 .305 .397 .304 630 65 136 18 76 2 3 86 1.1
Owings .244 .269 .371 .276 613 57 143 13 53 10 6 69 0.9
Ka’aihue .238 .323 .415 .318 503 54 105 17 64 1 1 96 0.6
Chavez .257 .312 .421 .311 202 19 47 7 28 0 0 94 0.6
Pollock .264 .305 .361 .292 552 59 135 5 46 19 7 78 0.5
Blanco .239 .299 .408 .312 77 7 17 3 11 1 0 87 0.4
McDonald .249 .290 .363 .271 216 17 50 4 22 1 2 73 0.4
Hinske .230 .304 .410 .305 204 20 42 7 27 0 0 89 0
Nieves .233 .269 .312 .245 204 16 44 3 16 1 1 55 -0.2
Bloomquist .265 .299 .353 .280 325 38 81 2 22 10 8 74 -0.2

Random thoughts on the offensive numbers, in no particular order:

  • I've removed Upton from the stats here, but the original projection (pre-move to Atlanta) was .275/.355/.440, for 3.4 WAR.
  • Interesting to see both Pennington and Gregorius projected at 1.9 WAR. The former is interesting, because it's not that far off the 2.3 WAR Chris Young is expected to put up in Oakland (while earning a great deal more money). And the latter because it's despite a projected OPS+ of 86, demonstrating how much of his value is with the glove, and due to his position.
  • Adam Eaton gets some more love: that's 3-for-3 in the systems. More valuable than everyone except Montero and Hill, according to ZIPS, and easily the most valuable of the Arizona outfielders. Maybe John B was right, and an All-Star game appearance could be in Adam's future? :)
  • Hinske and Bloomquist would seem likely to be the two men least likely to make the 2013 Opening Day roster, based on these. Suspect most readers would generally agree with that concept.
  • Overall, I'd be inclined to take the over on Goldie and Ross, the under on Montero and Eaton; most of the rest probabdon't look too far off the mark.
  • While we don't have Prado's numbers with us, here's a final thought from Dan on the offense:

Pitchers

Player IP SO BB H R ER ERA FIP K/9 BB/9 WAR
Kennedy 201.1 178 56 192 89 83 3.71 3.85 7.96 2.50 4.3
Cahill 200.1 152 69 191 92 86 3.86 4.03 6.83 3.10 3.9
Miley 180.0 131 47 184 83 78 3.90 3.72 6.55 2.35 3.4
Corbin 176.2 140 51 184 89 83 4.23 3.97 7.13 2.60 2.6
McCarthy 118.2 87 23 123 55 51 3.87 3.60 6.60 1.74 2.3
Hudson 118.1 95 28 123 58 54 4.11 3.70 7.23 2.13 1.9
Collmenter 122.2 95 33 124 60 56 4.11 3.97 6.97 2.42 1.9
Hernandez 65.2 84 26 51 24 22 3.02 2.76 11.51 3.56 1.4
Skaggs 141.2 120 57 149 80 75 4.76 4.61 7.62 3.62 1.2
Putz 49.2 58 12 41 17 16 2.90 2.59 10.50 2.17 1.1
Ziegler 58.0 42 20 56 25 23 3.57 3.42 6.52 3.10 0.9
Bell 58.2 54 22 56 27 25 3.84 3.44 8.28 3.37 0.7
Reynolds 58.1 58 18 55 27 25 3.86 3.44 8.95 2.78 0.7
Sipp 57.0 60 26 50 28 26 4.11 4.13 9.47 4.11 0.5

More random thoughts:

  • That's a pretty good set of numbers, without a negative among them. Of course, there'll likely be the need for replacements, but even if those are... well, replacement level, it could give us one of the best pitching staffs in the majors. This year, the leading fWAR for hurlers were the Tigers, just shy of 25 WAR, and the above is close to 27. However, the overall innings pitched are likely too high, with the above named slated to combine for about 206 starts. [As with most projection systems, playing time is kinda fluid]
  • I'd be very happy with most of those numbers. I suspect Hudson probably won't contribute much in the way of effective pitching this season, but if we get a whole season out of McCarthy - and I appreciate the key word there is "if" - then that'll help make up for this. Kennedy seems somewhat optimistic, and Cahill perhaps a bit too.
  • The bullpen is looking pretty strong. I would take the under on Bell and Sipp, and the over on Putz - figuring that, eventually, whatever is chasing him will catch up eventually...
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