I don’t think the folks at Beyond the Box Score necessarily meant to highlight how woeful White Sox position players have been this season, but they certainly laid out some damning facts Friday.
The analytics-focused blog broke down the worst five teams at each position using fWar, which is FanGraphs’ version of WAR — a stat that attempts to encapsulate a player’s total value to his team all at once. (For the little differences between WAR, rWar and fWar, head here.)
The White Sox ranked in the bottom five at six positions — second base, shortstop, third base and all three outfield positions. They were dead last at four of those six: second base, shortstop, third base and center field.
Here’s a quick look at those summaries from Beyond the Box Score, followed by more comments after the jump:
They also tweeted out the best teams at each position, and the White Sox didn’t make the cut at any position.
The White Sox have gotten the least production at three of four infield positions this season. Conor Gillaspie, who has appeared in 58 games at third base, has posted a .237/.276/.364 slash line and has 15 total extra-base hits.
Alexei Ramirez, who has played 84 of the team’s 86 games, has managed to be even worse with a 224/.249/.292 slash line. And Carlos Sanchez, who supplanted Micah Johnson at second base, has been one of the worst everyday hitters in the game with a .184/.221/.245 slash line. Sanchez, it should be noted, was promoted primarily for his glove. But, still, he occupies one of nine spots in the batting order just the same.
The outfield of Melky Cabrera, Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia has a combined slash line of .247/.318/.379 this season.
The White Sox have shown signs of improvement the last few weeks, though, winning nine of 12 games against the Cubs, Blue Jays, Orioles and Cardinals. They outscored opponents 35-27 during that stretch.