If I asked you before the season who the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ best player would be after 30 games in 2013, you would have said Andrew McCutchen, right? Well, you would have been wrong.
So far, according to Fangraphs, Starling Marte is the Pirates’ best player. Marte currently has a 1.7 fWAR, and is leading the Pirates. McCutchen is third on the Pirates with a 0.7 WAR. Believe it or not, Russell Martin comes in second for the Pirates with a 1.3 WAR.
I know some people aren’t big fans of sabermetrics, but I just don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t enjoy all the new, deeper statistics. Instead of just having your normal batting average, home runs and RBIs, saber metrics provide on-base percentage, batting average on balls in play, line drive percentage, Ultimate Zone Rating and so many others.
Basically, if you are someone that still prefers the simple batting average stat, you should definitely consider learning about the sabermetric stats.
If you are curious as to which player for the Pirates has been the worst so far, it’s surprisingly not Clint Barmes, but actually Pedro Alvarez with a -0.3 fWAR. Veteran backup infielder John McDonald has a -0.4 fWAR, but he only has 29 plate appearances in 2013, so I’m not going to include him as that would be a bit unfair.
Barmes’ WAR is currently at 0.0, yes, Barmes is exactly at replacement level. Shockingly, his .192 batting average hasn’t led him to be the Pirates’ worst player in terms of fWAR.