2010 In Review: Right Field

Posts in this series:

Team Offense Team Pitching
Team Defense
Catcher First Base Second Base
Shortstop Third Base Designated Hitter
Left Field Center Field Right Field
Starting Pitching Relief Pitching

 

 

Part I: Review

Shin-Soo Choo was a mainstay in right field, missing just 18 games due to injury. His batting line was almost a carbon copy of 2009, but because the league was much more pitching-friendly in 2010, his OPS+ jumped from 136 to 148.

Defense

 

Name Pos Inn ARM DPR RngR ErrR UZR UZR/150
Shin-Soo Choo RF 1249 5.4 -2.7 0.3 2.9 2.3
Austin Kearns RF 105 0.2 0.5 0.2 0.9 12.2
Shelley Duncan RF 50 -0.1 -0.5 0.1 -0.5 -14.4
Trevor Crowe RF 27 -0.6 -0.5 0.1 -1.1 -36.1
Chris Gimenez RF 1 0 0 0 0

 

UZR didn't like any Cleveland outfielder's range, but Choo was able to make up for it with his arm. I think Choo's range is just fine, but he was penalized because of the style of pitchers in front of him.

Offense

Thanks to another outstanding season by Choo, the Indians' right fielders finished third in the AL:

 

Rk G 2B 3B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1 TOR 162 34 3 40 91 116 .252 .357 .527 .884 .249 130 124
2 TEX 162 42 4 30 54 115 .302 .356 .526 .881 .326 131 123
3 CLE 162 36 2 22 88 137 .294 .392 .464 .856 .345 144 120
4 NYY 162 33 3 29 69 154 .276 .356 .478 .834 .323 111 112
5 CHW 162 31 2 29 71 128 .254 .351 .466 .817 .277 117 108
6 BOS 162 33 3 25 68 139 .269 .345 .456 .801 .310 103 104
7 BAL 162 45 4 12 72 96 .293 .364 .432 .795 .326 127 104
8 LAA 162 39 2 21 78 122 .270 .352 .440 .792 .304 126 102
9 DET 162 34 2 21 56 118 .277 .338 .437 .775 .310 106 98
10 KCR 162 33 7 8 54 110 .298 .356 .414 .770 .349 111 98
11 SEA 162 30 3 6 49 86 .314 .363 .394 .756 .353 138 95
12 MIN 162 29 5 19 63 127 .255 .327 .410 .737 .291 93 88
13 TBR 162 27 5 13 78 112 .253 .347 .389 .736 .290 101 90
14 OAK 162 33 2 7 36 114 .247 .287 .342 .628 .291 79 61
TOT 2268 479 47 282 927 1674 .276 .350 .441 .791 .312 115 102
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/15/2010.

 

Toronto (Jose Bautista) and Texas (Nelson Cruz) were the only clubs with more production at the position.

Here's the breakdown of at-bats:

 

Rk G PA ▾ AB 2B 3B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1 Shin-Soo Choo 142 638 542 31 2 21 83 113 .301 .403 .482 .884 .346 100 127
2 Austin Kearns 12 52 46 2 0 1 3 11 .239 .327 .348 .675 .294 81 74
3 Shelley Duncan 8 26 24 2 0 0 2 9 .292 .346 .375 .721 .467 99 86
4 Trevor Crowe 3 12 11 1 0 0 0 4 .182 .182 .273 .455 .286 42 15
Team Total 162 728 623 36 2 22 88 137 .294 .392 .464 .856 .345 144 120
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/15/2010.

 

Choo led the Indians in virtually every offensive category, whether they be cumulative or rate statistics. Even with the DL stint, he led the team in Games Played and Plate Appearances* by large margins, which indicates both his excellence and the team's faillings elsewhere.

Part II: Looking Towards 2011

Not Coming Back

Austin Kearns (Traded, 7-30-2010)

Please see the left field review.

Coming Back

Shin-Soo Choo (Arbitration-Eligible) - No Option Years Remaining

The only off-season issues to be answered for the Indians' right fielder have nothing to do with his on-field performance. He's playing for South Korea in the Asia Games, and if his country wins the tournament, he may be get an exemption from the two-year military requirement. If South Korea doesn't win, then the options aren't as palatable for Choo.

Choo is also arbitration-eligible, and with the Indians controlling him for three more seasons, you'd think a multi-year contract would be beneficial for both sides. But Choo hired Scott Boras as his agent this season, so it's actually more likely Choo and the Indians sign a one-year deal or go to arbitration. If the Indians and Choo do manage to agree to a multi-year deal, it's only going to be for three years.

Trevor Crowe (Pre-Arbitration) - 1 Option Year Remaining

Shelley Duncan (Pre-Arbitration) - No Option Years Remaining

 

 

 

 

*Trevor Crowe finished second in both categories, naturally. Andy Marte was 16th.

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