Tag:Elvis Andrus
Posted on: October 16, 2010 9:49 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm
 

Who could participate in an All-Star race?

Brett Gardner has a suggestion for the All-Star planning committee.

"I think they need to have a race at the All-Star Game, just line up 10 or 20 guys and see who wins," the Yankee told the New Jersey Star-Ledger prior to the Game 2 loss.

Gardner named teammate Greg Golson and Ranger outfielder Julio Borbon as part of the top candidates, but wouldn't say who No. 1 would be.

"There's only one way to find out," he said.

Well, the All-Star Game is over and there won't be another one for quite a while. But it's never too early to look ahead. Here's who could be part of the 2011 All-Star speed demon contest.

Brett Gardner : Gardner swiped 47 bags and came in second on Bill James' speed score with 8.1. The speed score averages stolen base percentage, frequency of attempts, percentage of triples and runs scored percentage.

Juan Pierre Carl Crawford : Crawford paced the bigs in speed score with 8.5, and tied Gardner with 47 steals.

Jacoby Ellsbury : Ellsbury stole 70 bases last season and could have repeated if not for being sidelined all season with injuries. He had a 8.1 speed score.

Austin Jackson : Jackson burst on the scene in 2010 with excellent defense and added 27 stolen bases.

Shane Victorino : The Flyin' Hawaiian has stolen 37, 36, 25 and 34 stolen baes the last four years, respectively. He's also near the top of leaderboards in all years in speed score.

Michael Bourn : Bourn paced baseball in speed score in 2009 with an 8.6 mark. He has led the NL the last two years in stolen bases.

Elvis Andrus : Andrus impressed with a speed score in 2009 of 8.0, tacking on 33 stolen bases. He finished with 32 in 2010, but did dip down to 5.8 in speed score.

Julio Borbon : We'll take Gardner's advice and place Borbon on the list. He stole 15 bases in 468 plate appearance with a speed score of 6.1. His speed score was 6.3 in 2009, and swiped 19 bags in 179 PA.

B.J. Upton : Upton has matched or topped 42 stolen bases each of the last three seasons and set a career-high in 2010 with a 7.5 speed score.

Juan Pierre (pictured): Pierre is 32, but can still bring it. He set a career high by leading baseball with 68 stolen bases in 2010, but his speed score did tumble to 6.9 after a 7.5 mark in 2009.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 3, 2010 12:23 am
Edited on: July 3, 2010 2:38 am
 

Andrus, Wells, Rios snubbed in All-Star voting

Elvis Andrus All-Star voting was halted Thursday night, with the most recent vote totals being released Monday and Tuesday. The final results will come out on Sunday, and some of the results will certainly be different than the most recent vote tallies.

However, the latest vote tallies are a great indicator of whom will get the All-Star nod, who will be snubbed and who doesn't belong on the list at all.

Let's take a look at the last-known vote totals for the AL and NL and see what jumps out, with the AL in this article and the NL up next...

In the AL, Mark Teixeira is somehow second in first base voting with 1.86 million votes. Justin Morneau leads with 2.1 million, so the chance is there for Tex to pull it out. However, he has gotten 2010 off to a very slow start and the two players behind Teixeira have had much, much better seasons: Miguel Cabrera and Kevin Youkilis. Simply put: Tex's .234/.345/.413 line prior to Friday play does not even sniff Morneau, Cabrera or Youkilis and he shouldn't be named to the team, let alone start.

Robinson Cano, Evan Longoria and Joe Mauer lead 3B, 2B and C candidates, respectively, by a wide margin -- no complaints there. (But what's with Adrian Beltre fourth with just over 600,000 votes?) Shortstop has Derek Jeter leading Elvis Andrus (pictured) by almost two million votes. Jeter is certainly a deserving All-Star especially with a weak shortstop crop, but Andrus should have gotten more respect.

Jeter: .283/.343/.410, 8 stolen bases, 3 caught stealing, 361 plate appearances, 51 runs, 39 RBI, -1.7 UZR/150 , 2 +/-
Andrus: .292/.374/.332, 22 SB, 9 CS, 344 PA, 55 R, 24 RBI, 5.7 UZR/150, 8 +/-

To recap: Andrus kills Jeter on defense and stolen bases. Their batting averages are similar, but Andrus gets on base a lot more. Jeter has more pop, but is that really enough to beat out Andrus?

The DH has Vladimir Guerrero over a million ahead of second-place DH Hideki Matsui. Vlad leading the DH candidates isn't a shocker, as he's been on fire all year long and deserves the nod. But Matsui over David Ortiz, who hasn't even cracked a million votes? Ortiz has been one of the better power hitters in the game since putting his terrible slump to bed. Blame the Red Sox fans for not coming out in force for this one.

In the outfield, it's tight with Ichiro Suzuki and Josh Hamilton each with 1.9 million votes, but Carl Crawford and Nelson Cruz are nipping on their heels. Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner -- the entire Yankees outfield mind you -- follow in the 5-6-7 spots. Granderson shouldn't even be in the top 10 and Gardner is a reach, but they are there because they play for the Yankees. Torii Hunter, Magglio Ordonez and B.J. Upton round out the top 10 with Vernon Wells a curious 11. And somehow, Alex Rios isn't even in the top 15 despite being one of the best all-around outfielders in the league. The same goes for Shin Soo-Choo.

My personal ballot would mark off Choo, Wells and Suzuki as the starters with Nick Markakis representing the Orioles. I could easily be talked out of Markakis -- he's simply on my ballot as the Orioles representative. But to not have Choo, Wells and Rios at or near the top of the voting leaderboard confirms that this is all just a popularity test. But you already knew that.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 2:48 pm
 

GM dyeing hair after Rangers win 10 in a row

Jon Daniels General manager Jon Daniels will be rocking a new hairdo shortly, as he lost a bet and must dye his hair.

"Talk about putting one's foot in their mouth," Daniels said during an ESPN Dallas chat on Thursday.

Daniels was speaking to Elvis Andrus about the young shortstop's own dyed hair and making fun of it. Andrus asked what it would take for Daniels to do his own dye job, and the GM responded that Texas had to win 10 straight games. At that point, the Rangers had just lost their previous game.

After a 13-3 victory over the Pirates Wednesday, you can consider Andrus' end of the bargain upheld. The Rangers have ripped off 10 straight wins and now stand 3 1/2 games atop the AL West ahead of the Angels.

"It's not going to be a good look," Daniels bemoaned.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 24, 2010 11:01 am
 

Orioles seeking young shortstop for Wigginton

Ty Wigginton The Baltimore Orioles want a young shortstop and are trying to use Ty Wigginton to get one.

The problem, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, is that no team will deal a young shortstop for Wigginton, even though the utilityman is having a strong season for the Orioles.

The Rangers (seeking a right-handed bat ) and Rockies (looking for a second baseman ) have been linked to Wigginton, but neither has young shortstops they would be willing to deal.

Texas has Elvis Andrus anchoring the position and will do so for years to come with a blend of offense and fantastic defense. The Rangers do have Jurickson Profar, but he's 16 years old and light-years away. Not only would Texas likely be unwilling to move someone with such a high ceiling, the Orioles may not be interested, as they'd be seeking someone who could join the major-league club fairly quickly.

The Rockies have toolsy shortstop Hector Gomez, but his star has plummeted and now looks like he'll never reach the promised land. At 22, he's played sparingly at Double-A. It's likely Baltimore would be the one to say no. The Rockies do have Eric Young, Jr. who can play second base but he is not a strong defender there and the Orioles are set with Brian Roberts at the keystone position.

It wasn't all too long ago that baseball was in a golden age for shortstops, when everyone seemed to have high-tool shortstops on the roster. Those days are long gone, however, and Baltimore will have to adjust its expectations if they hope to use Wigginton to fortify future clubs.

-- Evan Brunell

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