LINK to new blog address: POLL: Who Has the Better 1B Platoon
LINK to new site: A Different Kind of Leadoff Hitter
SABERBUCS is now posting at this address: saberbucs.wordpress.com
I am moving this blog to a new server today. Once I have done that, the new address for the blog will be saberbucs.com.wordpress
I hope to have a new article up on the “new” blog sometime later today.
If I told you that the Pirates have a 6-foot-4, 230 pound, left-handed hitter, who can play centerfield and bat leadoff, you might ask if Gregory Polanco had gained a little weight.
But I’m talking about Chris Dickerson, a 31-year-old outfielder, whom the Pirates signed to a minor league contract in January.
Dickerson has had only 708 major league plate appearances in his career, but they have come with 15 home runs, 32 stolen bases, a very good 10% BB rate, and a batting line of .262/.339/.406 — .745 OPS. That’s not setting the world on fire and Dickerson does have an unhealthy 27.3% K rate, but his numbers do suggest a hitter who can help a major league team in a variety of ways.
But, the most intriguing aspect of Dickerson’s profile, is the defense he provides as a 6″4″, 230 pound outfielder. In 1,316.2 innings, Dickerson’s OF UZR is 19.2 runs above average. And even more intriguing is his +13.0 UZR as a centerfielder. That’s exceptional fielding for a big man and, together with his base-stealing ability, suggests that he is a gifted, natural athlete.
Dickerson has hit each of his 15 career HR off of right-handed pitchers, against whom he has a batting line of .264/.341/.423 — .765 OPS.
There are several other “unknown” players in the Pirates spring training camp, who ar likely to play some role with the major league club this year. They will be profiled in future posts
I greatly appreciate everyone who has taken the time to read what I have written here since the start of SABERBUCS. And I am pleased with the progress the blog has made. But I need to make a change in the format and I’m not sure how that is going to work, so I ask you to bear with me.
I enjoy doing the research, making the calculations, coming up with ideas for articles, writing about the Pirates, and attempting to translate sabermetrics into English. I was doing that for fun as a commenter on other blogs long before I started SaberBucs. And I’m still going to do it for fun, but I want to try to make an honest buck at it, too – with advertising.
To do that, I am going to need to switch the blog over from wordpress.org to wordpress.com. That is probably going to be very easy, but I’m not sure what changes will result in the appearance of the blog – which I have no desire to change – and even the web address of the site.
I am going to make the change on Monday, March 3. I am hoping that it will only take a couple of hours. If you can’t find the site after that at Saberbucs.com, a google search on SABERBUCS should lead you to the new address.
Thanks again for reading, commenting, and supporting the blog. Knowing that there are people, whom I have never met in person, from all over the country - and even Brazil, Israel, Japan, and Korea – who take the time to read what I have written, is a truly humbling experience. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that.