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Zorilla for MVP?

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Sorry, I couldn't resist. Nonetheless, this is the type of season former slap-hitting utlity man Ben Zobrist is having. During the offseason, some people did not even have Any Inning Lightning even projected to make the opening day roster. Then there were the discussions of Zobrist maybe deserving to chip away at the Gabe platoon. In the last few days, there has been some chatter of Zorilla possibly being added as an all-star reserve. Let's go inside the #'s and see just how absurd the title of this post is to date. Here are your top 10 leaders to date in .ISO in the AL along with various other metrics (minimum 150 PA):

 

Name

BB%

BB/K

OBP

SLG

OPS

ISO 

Spd

wOBA

IFFB%

UZR

Ben Zobrist

15.9%

0.93

0.414

0.659

1.073

0.356

5.7

0.448

0.0%

5.1

Jason Bay

17.0%

0.84

0.41

0.624

1.033

0.339

5

0.441

8.6%

-9.4

Carlos Pena

16.8%

0.57

0.363

0.554

0.918

0.326

3.1

0.383

12.2%

-0.3

Mark Teixeira

13.2%

0.78

0.388

0.595

0.982

0.316

1.4

0.414

9.5%

-0.4

Nelson Cruz

10.2%

0.47

0.365

0.6

0.965

0.303

4.1

0.416

12.5%

7.6

Hank Blalock

3.6%

0.19

0.293

0.558

0.851

0.301

4.5

0.357

9.4%

0.1

Kevin Youkilis

16.0%

0.74

0.482

0.664

1.147

0.299

3

0.484

8.5%

2.6

Russell Branyan

14.0%

0.54

0.421

0.614

1.036

0.295

2.7

0.438

3.6%

-0.7

Justin Morneau

11.3%

0.74

0.414

0.632

1.046

0.294

2.5

0.434

16.4%

-2.5

Evan Longoria

10.2%

0.45

0.391

0.614

1.005

0.292

2.9

0.426

3.1%

5.8

I included IFFB% simply to show that Zobrist's magical swing has yet to produce one single infield pop up. Now let's determine each player's rank within each category excluding IFFB%.

 

Name BB% BB/K OBP SLG OPS ISO  Spd wOBA UZR Total
Ben Zobrist 4 1 3 2 2 1 1 2 3 19
Jason Bay 1 2 5 4 5 2 2 3 10 34
Carlos Pena 2 6 9 10 9 3 5 9 6 59
Mark Teixeira 6 3 7 8 7 4 10 8 7 60
Nelson Cruz 8 8 8 7 8 5 4 7 1 56
Hank Blalock 10 10 10 9 10 6 3 10 5 73
Kevin Youkilis 3 4 1 1 1 7 6 1 4 28
Russell Branyan 5 7 2 5 4 8 8 4 8 51
Justin Morneau 7 4 3 3 3 9 9 5 9 52
Evan Longoria 8 9 6 5 6 10 7 6 2 59

 

If we sort by their total ranks we get this:

Name
Total
Ben Zobrist 19
Kevin Youkilis 28
Jason Bay 34
Russell Branyan 51
Justin Morneau 52
Nelson Cruz 56
Carlos Pena 59
Evan Longoria 59
Mark Teixeira 60
Hank Blalock 73

Pretty remarkable right? I sincerely hope we never have to have the everyday player debate again.