Do Kyle’s Numbers Say “All-Star”?
With about two weeks to until the 2014 All-Star in Minneapolis a case can be made for many Seattle Mariners to make the team.
But what about Kyle Seager?
Does the never vocal, Mariner 3rd baseman have a shot at this year’s Summertime Classic? Let’s take a look and see if we can make a sound case for Kyle or not. Below are the what I would deem the top four 3rd Baseman in the American League for 2014.
PLAYER R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG OPS WAR
Beltre 41 87 18 0 9 42 20 35 .332 .380 .504 .884 2.5
Seager 36 86 21 3 13 59 29 65 .283 .355 .500 .855 3.5
Donaldson 57 80 12 2 18 61 38 74 .245 .325 .459 .784 4.6
Longoria 45 89 12 1 10 37 33 73 .263 .333 .392 .726 1.7
These numbers are all reasonably close to one another in terms of offensive production. You can see that Adrian Beltre has a clear advantage over everyone on this list in terms of batting average at .332, but not much else. Seager is 2nd with a .283.
Josh Donaldson has a sizable lead in home runs with 18. Seager comes in 2nd again in homers with 13.
RBIs? Donaldson again has the lead with 61 but Seager is right on his tail in 2nd place with 59.
How about strikeouts? Remember you want the fewest in that line. Beltre has the least with 35 and then Seager is yet again in 2nd place with 65.
Let’s even break out the WAR stat. Seager is again in 2nd place with a 3.5 vs. Donaldson’s 4.6.
Let’s go with OB%. Seager winds up 2nd one more time with a .355 right behind Beltre at .380.
Slugging? Sure, we can do that one too. Seager is in 2nd place at .500, just 4 points behind the leader Beltre.
Are you sensing a pattern yet?
Seager is second in most, and first in a couple of each of these categories. He is the current leader in doubles and triples.
In my head, Kyle Seager does not make the 2014 All-Star team as the starting 3rd baseman.
Big power numbers and your team in first place are usually what drives a player’s vote count up and Josh Donaldson is probably going to win the vote at 3rd base for just those reasons unless something quick and drastic changes.
But there is something to be said for consistency and that’s what Seager’s numbers are this year, consistent, across the board. He’s in the top two in 10 out of 13 of these numbers. Donaldson is only in the top two in 7 out of 13.
Those are the things that make you go Hmmm, no?
So, why not on the bench? Kyle certainly has some impressive stats at 3rd base behind Donaldson. Texas is out of it and so is Tampa Bay so Seager could be the guy that lands a bench spot.
Vote early and vote often if you want to see him there. It’s borderline for Kyle at best.