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Average full-time player statistics by position – 2011

Average full-time player statistics by position – 2011

Crosby started five games at 1B for the 2010 Pirates - Matt Bandi, Pirates ProspectsOver at Baseball-Reference, it is very easy to find league average offensive numbers broken down by position. This is convenient if, for example, you would like to see how a fringe everyday player such as Garrett Jones compared to the average production of MLB first basemen in 2011 (Jones: .753 OPS, Average 1B: .797 OPS). However, these numbers can be misleading when trying to determine whether a player is an acceptable full-time starter.

Throughout a given season, numerous bench and replacement level players see sporadic bits of playing time for every team, and those plate appearances usually weigh down the overall league average numbers. For example, Bobby Crosby, a shortstop by trade, made five starts at first base for the Pirates in 2010, meaning his lousy production in those games was included in the overall league average line for first basemen. That might seem like a small and inconsequential n...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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