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Game #17: Diamondbacks vs. Mets

So who has been our most valuable player so far? You might be surprised.

Norm Hall


Jenrry Mejia
RHP, 1-0, 4.09

Bronson Arroyo
RHP, 1-0, 4.82

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. Gerardo Parra - RF
  2. Martin Prado - 3B
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Miguel Montero - C
  5. Aaron Hill - 2B
  6. Mark Trumbo - LF
  7. Chris Owings - SS
  8. A.J. Pollock CF
  9. Bronson Arroyo - P

The obvious answer to the question in the introduction is Paul Goldschmidt, and in terms of offensive production, he has been streets ahead. Among the eight players with 20+ plate-appearances so far, he has a wRC+ of 140 and an OPS+ of 148; the next best for both is Mark Trumbo, who comes in at 110 and 114 respectively. However, by the time you factor in the other areas, such as defense and base-running, things get a great deal muddier. Indeed, by both bWAR and fWAR, one-tenth of a win covers the three top players: Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock and Chris Owings. fWAR seems to give the top spot to Owings, he and Paul both listed at 0.5 fWAR, to the nearest tenth.

Pollock and Owings both benefit from excellent defensive stats, though the sample size after less than 10% of the season merits wrapping those in black-and-yellow CAUTION! tape. Surprisingly for our Gold Glove winner, Goldschmidt is getting dinged for that to date, but take a guess at who would be our worst defender to this point. Clue: it's an outfielder. The answer is Mark Trumbo Gerardo Parra. Yep, our other Gold Glover, who has as many errors as assist thus far, a sharp contrast to last year, when the ratio was 5:17. We'll see how these numbers shake out as we reach a more meaningful sample of innings,