Matt Wieters: C 2010 WAR: 0.5 Projected Pro-rated WAR: 1.2 Defense: +1 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS, from +/-) Batting Line: .240/.314/.337 Adjusted from BABIP of .292 to xBABIP of .300: .249/.323/.348 Adjusted from HR/FB of 8.7% to HR/FB of 9%: .249/.322/.349 Adjusted from 9.3 BB%, 23.4 K% to 8 BB%, 19.1 K%: .263/.326/.365 Pre-season Projection: .287/.351/.454 Updated Rest of Season CHONE Projection: .282/.349/.443 He's not hitting the ball with authority enough to get his average up, or in the air enough to get the power numbers up. Also chasing more pitches out of the strike-zone (relative to both last year and the league average), while swinging at fewer in the strike-zone. Still young; still talented; and CHONE still thinks he's going to hit.
Garrett Atkins: F 2010 WAR: -0.9 Projected Pro-rated WAR: 0.1 Defense: -2.4 runs UZR, -4 DRS Batting Line: .209/.261/.287 Adjusted from BABIP of .257 to xBABIP of .290: .235/.285/.319 Adjusted from HR/FB of 2.3% to HR/FB of 5%: .239/.288/.348 Adjusted from 6.5 BB%, 20.9 K% to 7.2 BB%, 17.8 K%: .250/.305/.363 Pre-season Projection: .264/.333/.423 Updated Rest of Season CHONE Projection: .251/.312/.393 Didn't think he'd hit near well enough to justify his contract, but he's been oh so much worse than even pessimistic expectations. Probably done as a player, given the wOBA progression: .410, .368, .337, .291, .247.
Ty Wigginton: A 2010 WAR: 1.3 Projected Pro-rated WAR: 0.2 Defense: -4.9 runs UZR,-10 DRS Batting Line: .283/.367/.544 Adjusted from BABIP of .284 to xBABIP of .299: .290/.373/.552 Adjusted from HR/FB of 25% to HR/FB of 15%: .274/.359/.456 Adjusted from 9.6 BB%, 19.4 K% to 8.8 BB%, 19.9 K%: .268/.351/.450 Pre-season Projection: .267/.324/.431 Updated Rest of Season CHONE Projection: .272/.332/.466 Wiggy's gotten a chance to play due to Roberts' injury, and even with the poor defensive numbers he's still on pace to set a career high in WAR (3.2) if he keeps getting plate appearances, as well as in the home run department (13 already, with a career high of 24). He's been one of the team's best players so far, and one of the relatively few actually good ones.
Miguel Tejada: C+ 2010 WAR: 0.2 Projected Pro-rated WAR: 0.7 Defense: -0.3 runs UZR, +4 DRS Batting Line: .259/.299/.368 Adjusted from BABIP of .262 to xBABIP of .283: .276/.315/.389 Adjusted from HR/FB of 7% to HR/FB of 7.5%: .275/.315/.392 Adjusted from 3.7 BB%, 7.5 K% to 1.4 BB%, 4.6 K%: .285/.309/.404 Pre-season Projection: .296/.335/.438 Updated Rest of Season CHONE Projection: .291/.327/.428 Looks like he's taken to third-base pretty well, and he's doing about what one would think at the plate - swinging at everything and making a lot of contact. Miggy's got the 9th highest swing rate in the majors at 54.4%, and the 9th in contact rate at 92.6%. All that swinging (including at over 38% of balls) and contact means that Tejada never walks, which is going to keep his OBP down even when his batting average comes back up (it's only as low as it is due to BABIP issues).
Cesar Izturis: D 2010 WAR: -0.4 Projected Pro-rated WAR: 0.3 Defense: -0.7 runs UZR, +1 DRS Batting Line: .225/.288/.254 Adjusted from BABIP of .250 to xBABIP of .296: .261/.321/.293 Adjusted from HR/FB of 0% to HR/FB of 1%: .262/.322/.303 Adjusted from 6.3 BB%, 10.6 K% to 5.1 BB%, 8.4 K%: .269/.321/.310 Pre-season Projection: .259/.302/.336 Updated Rest of Season CHONE Projection: .253/.303/.324 The lack of offense - even by Izzy standards - is due pretty much entirely to a low BABIP. I'd like to see some better defensive numbers though (yes, yes, small sample size).
Nolan Reimold: D 2010 WAR: -0.3 Projected Pro-rated WAR: 0.4 Defense: -1.3 runs UZR, -3 DRS Batting Line: .205/.303/.337 Adjusted from BABIP of .242 to xBABIP of .277: .228/.322/.367 Adjusted from HR/FB of 7.7% to HR/FB of 10%: .225/.319/.362 Adjusted from 11.5 BB%, 24.1 K% to 9.3 BB%, 25.7 K%: .223/.303/.360 Pre-season Projection: .276/.355/.467 Updated Rest of Season CHONE Projection: .269/.347/.463 He was sent to the minors, where he's hitting just .148/.224/.262 (though with a .140 BABIP). Not really sure what happened to Nolan. His contact rate dropped a little, but that's entirely due to making less contact on pitches out of the zone. He was hitting strikes more often, though his line-drive rate was down to a very low 12.5%. I take it as a positive sign that he was still walking a decent amount, and I think he'll hit again at some point.
Adam Jones: D- 2010 WAR: -0.1 Projected Pro-rated WAR: 1.3 Defense: -1.4 runs UZR, +1 DRS Batting Line: .249/.271/.387 Adjusted from BABIP of .291 to xBABIP of .289: .246/.268/.384 Adjusted from HR/FB of 10% to HR/FB of 10%: .246/.269/.384 Adjusted from 2.2 BB%, 21.7 K% to 3.9 BB%, 22.9 K%: .242/.279/.379 Pre-season Projection: .283/.338/.467 Updated Rest of Season CHONE Projection: .287/.333/.471 I looked at Adam's problems recently, though it kind of amazes me that it doesn't look like he's even been unlucky. Terribly disappointing AND bad (unlike, say, Wieters, who has been disappointing but is at least providing some positive value).
Nick Markakis: B 2010 WAR: 1.2 Projected Pro-rated WAR: 1.5 Defense: -0.6 runs UZR, +1 DRS Batting Line: .300/.397/.425 Adjusted from BABIP of .348 to xBABIP of .303: .262/.365/.377 Adjusted from HR/FB of 5.3% to HR/FB of 8%: .268/.370/.404 Adjusted from 14.1 BB%, 17 K% to 13 BB%, 14.2 K%: .276/.370/.414 Pre-season Projection: .298/.373/.485 Updated Rest of Season CHONE Projection: .299/.378/.477 Those adjusted lines don't look very good for Nick because of how much lower his expected BABIP is than his actual BABIP. For his career though, Markakis has a .329 mark and has never been below .314 (his rookie season). If we were to assume that xBABIP doesn't work that great for him - much like it underestimates Ichiro - and set it at .329, then his final adjusted line would come out as .297/.389/.442. Love the walks, but there hasn't been much power.
Luke Scott: B+ 2010 WAR: 0.9 Projected Pro-rated WAR: 0.4 Defense: -0.4 runs UZR, +1 DRS Batting Line: .271/.341/.536 Adjusted from BABIP of .298 to xBABIP of .301: .274/.343/.539 Adjusted from HR/FB of 24.4% to HR/FB of 16%: .262/.332/.464 Adjusted from 9 BB%, 24.5 K% to 8.1 BB%, 24.9 K%: .256/.321/.458 Pre-season Projection: .263/.339/.479 Updated Rest of Season CHONE Projection: .257/.331/.469 Luke was done, washed-up, finished. He hadn't hit since last year's All-Star break. People wanted him gone. Then he goes on a tear and now has the second highest wOBA on the team. His plate discipline looks like it might be starting to go a little, as his rate of swings at pitches out of the zone has gone from the low to mid 20's to almost 30%. I really like Luke, but I'd also really like to see him traded this season for a younger player.
Corey Patterson: C+ 2010 WAR: 0.1 CHONE Projected Pro-rated WAR: 0.1 Defense: -2.2 runs UZR, +1 DRS Batting Line: .247/.326/.403 Adjusted from BABIP of .314 to xBABIP of .283: .223/.304/.375 Adjusted from HR/FB of 15% to HR/FB of 9%: .219/.300/.328 Adjusted from 9.2 BB%, 29.9 K% to 5.5 BB%, 24.9 K%: .226/.278/.336 Pre-season Projection (CHONE): .240/.278/.368 Updated Rest of Season CHONE Projection: .246/.290/.377 He's pretty much a replacement level player, and his hot start didn't change that. Hard to complain about his sparkplugness while it was working though.
Julio Lugo: D- 2010 WAR: -0.5 Projected Pro-rated WAR: 0.2 Defense: -0.4 runs UZR, -1 DRS Batting Line: .214/.241/.214 Adjusted from BABIP of .273 to xBABIP of .279: .216/.243/.216 Adjusted from HR/FB of 0% to HR/FB of 3%: .220/.247/.243 Adjusted from 3.4 BB%, 21.4 K% to 5.2 BB%, 21.3 K%: .222/.263/.245 Pre-season Projection: .255/.330/.360 Updated Rest of Season CHONE Projection: .251/.323/.345 His 3.4% walk rate would be a career low by over 50%. Previous low was 7.6% in '07, with seasons of 11.1% and 9.9% since. Maybe that's because he's gone from swinging at or below 20% of balls to well over 30%. Some patience would be nice - makes him a replacement level player instead of below. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So there you have it. Here's a graphic of the grade distribution (dots added to help convey appropriate emotion given the "data").