The power-speed player serves as a powerful weapon to a baseball team. He possesses both the ability to hit one out of the ballpark, potentially turning the tide of a game, as well as the skills needed to swipe a base in a crucial situation. To analyze power-speed capabilities, I developed PS and PS+. PS is a simple sabermetric statistic that combines a player’s home run total with his stolen base total, such as 47 PS for a player with 26 home runs and 21 stolen bases. PS+ then denotes the player’s inclination toward power or speed with either a P+ or an S+ — the letter is contingent on if a player has more home runs or stolen bases — following the absolute value of the difference between a player’s home run and stolen base totals. Below are the top six players in PS and PS+ this season as of August 8, as well as those who just missed the cut.
Carlos Gomez (40 PS/6 S+) — Gomez has continued his breakout surge from last season this year, hitting 17 home runs and stealing 23 bases through 106 games. He has been a young, dynamic outfielder that the Brewers will have under club control through 2016.
Giancarlo Stanton (37 PS/17 P+) — Coming off two injury-affected seasons in which he played 123 and 116 games, respectively, Stanton has stayed healthy for all of 2014 and is on pace to match his career-high of 37 home runs. He also has recorded 10 stolen bases for Miami, which is simply icing on the cake from the Miami superstar.
Mike Trout (37 PS/13 P+) — 30 home runs, 49 stolen bases in his rookie year. 27 home runs, 33 stolen bases in his sophomore campaign. One AL ROY and two near-misses to the AL MVP in his first two Major League seasons. Simply put, Mike Trout is a monster, and he’s not slowing down anytime soon.
Todd Frazier (37 PS/3 P+) — After hitting 19 homers in each of the past two seasons and stealing a total of nine bags over that time span, Frazier has broken out this season for Cincinnati, hitting 20 home runs and swiping 17 bases in only 114 games.
Brian Dozier (37 PS/1 P+) — After posting a 32 PS/4 P+ stat line in 2013, Dozier has taken his game to the next level this season, becoming more evenly balanced in terms of his home run/stolen base splits (19 HR/18 SB) and being named to his first All-Star game.
Jimmy Rollins (37 PS/7 S+) — J-Roll has defied time in his age 35 season, hitting 15 balls out of the park and stealing 22 bases. Since he has totaled at least 1,100 plate appearances between his 2013 and 2014 seasons, his $15 million option with the Phillies for 2015 is guaranteed, but the Phillies may have very well picked it up anyway given Rollins’s strong offensive output this season.
- Andrew McCutchen (PIT-OF) — 34 PS/0 PS+
- Charlie Blackmon (COL-OF) — 34 PS/8 S+
- Brett Gardner (NYY-OF) — 33 PS/3 S+
- Ian Desmond (WAS-SS) — 30 PS/6 P+
- Paul Goldschmidt (ARI-1B) — 28 PS/9 P+
The ideal power-speed player has a high PS and a PS+ close to, or at, zero, meaning that he would have elevated totals of both home runs and stolen bases. A high PS+ amount and a low PS rating indicates a more one-dimensional player, which would not benefit a ball club very much unless he hits for a high average or is very prolific in that one skill on a part-time basis, such as a pinch-runner or a pinch-hitter who relies solely on his power. PS/PS+ shines a new light on some of baseball’s greatest stars as well as those who are under appreciated by the modern fan.
NOTE: Bill James developed a sabermetric statistic known as PSN, which stipulates:
Upon completion of this article, I found that Mr. James created the statistic, and I felt it was only apt that I gave credit where it was due, for he developed the statistic far before I did. Here is Bill James’s website, and here is a Wikipedia article detailing his version of the “Power-Speed Number.”
Long live baseball.
Below are my Fantasy Baseball Rankings for the top 50 players in 2012
2.Miguel Cabrera (1B/3B- Tigers)
3. Matt Kemp (OF- Dodgers)
4. Troy Tulowitzki (SS- Rockies)
5. José Bautista (3B/OF- Blue Jays)
6. Robinson Cano (2B- Yankees)
7. Prince Fielder (1B- Tigers)
8. Adrian Gonzalez (1B- Red Sox)
9. Evan Longoria (3B- Rays)
10. Justin Upton (OF- Diamondbacks)
11. Jacoby Ellsbury (OF- Red Sox)
12. Joey Votto (1B- Reds)
13. Justin Verlander (SP- Tigers)
14. José Reyes (SS- Marlins)
15. Hanley Ramirez (3B/SS- Marlins)
16. Mike Stanton (OF- Marlins)
17 . Clayton Kershaw (SP- Dodgers)
18. Matt Holliday (OF- Cardinals)
19. Curtis Granderson (OF- Yankees)
20. Ian Kinsler (2B- Rangers)
21. Andrew McCutchen (OF- Pirates)
22. Roy Halladay (SP- Phillies)
23. David Wright (3B- Mets)
24. Ryan Braun (OF- Brewers)
25. Carlos Gonzalez (OF- Rockies)
26. Brian McCann (C- Braves)
27. Tim Lincecum (SP- Giants)
28. Mark Teixeira (1B- Yankees)
29. Dustin Pedroia (2B- Red Sox)
30. Josh Hamilton (OF- Rangers)
31. Ryan Zimmerman (3B- Nationals)
32. Felix Hernandez (SP- Mariners)
33. CC Sabathia (SP- Yankees)
34. Adrian Beltre (3B- Rangers)
35. Cliff Lee (SP- Phillies)
36. Jay Bruce (OF- Reds)
37. Jered Weaver (SP- Angels)
38. Buster Posey (C- Giants)
39. Brett Lawrie (3B- Blue Jays)
40. Elvis Andrus (SS- Rangers)
41. Carlos Santana (C- Indians)
42. Michael Young (1B/3B- Rangers)
43. Hunter Pence (OF- Phillies)
44. Alex Rodriguez (3B- Yankees)
45. Nelson Cruz (OF- Rangers)
46. Desmond Jennings (OF- Rays)
47. Starlin Castro (SS- Cubs)
48. Pablo Sandoval (3B- Giants)
49. Dan Haren (SP- Angels)
50. Carl Crawford (OF- Red Sox)
Oh So Close :
51. Brandon Phillips (2B- Reds)
52. Mike Napoli (C- Rangers)
53. David Price (SP- Rays)
54. Michael Bourn (OF- Braves)
55. Paul Konerko (1B- White Sox)
56. Matt Cain (SP- Giants)
57. Jimmy Rollins (SS- Phillies)
58. Craig Kimbrel (CL- Braves)
59. Alex Avila (C- Tigers)
60. Dustin Ackley (2B- Mariners)
Oh and by the way, Brett Lawrie is going to rake this year.
Some come out of nowhere. Some were destined for greatness while some were surprises from the start. Now what am I talking about? The Rooks. The New Kids on the Block. Each year there are standouts (see Longoria, Braun) and massive dissapointments (see Delmon Young, Rickie Weeks). The best part about rookie though is that they have that level of unpredictability (I don’t even know if that’s a word : ). Now lets see some of the newbie rookies right here:
Our leadoff guy in this segment is Andrew McCutchen.
Here is a good player that has 5 tools. He is and excellent fielder, bolts around the bases and is a good hitter. He is the starting centerfielder for the Pirates now that they traded Nate McClouth and is the new lead off hitter. I actually thought his name was Andrew McClutchen because he was a such a good hitter.
McCutchen = McClutchen
Beckham is currently the 3rd baseman for the White Sox and was only drafted LAST YEAR. It’s the Ryan Zimmerman the Second. I heard he was a solid hitter and has alot of talent so we’ll have to see…
Batting Third: Mr. 5 Tools
Jones is an amazing young player who is fast and knows how to hit the baseball.
Hitting Cleanup: Matt Wieters
You can love him, you can hate him, but what I know is that this guy has alot of skill and is gonna be a star in the future.
Today’s Pitching Matchup is Between Tommy Hanson and David Price
These guys are both pristine players that are both very talented. Hanson is on one of my fantasy teams and gets the job done each time. Price has been highly regarded for an extremely long time and price is just…er…um…right. Hah. Here are some honorable mentions:
Mat Gamel – Mat is a good hitter and is like Ryan Braun (bad defense at 3rd, great power swing). Give him some time and he will succeed.
Rick Porcello- He was dominating entering 2009 after his debut and looks to get 10 wins before the All Star Break.
Dexter Fowler – fast and once had 5 steals in a game this year!
Elvis Andrus -great defense and a good bat equals a good combo
Trevor Cahill- doing a great job pitching for the A’s
*Omir Santos* (pretty sure he’s a rookie)- he came from practically nowhere to claim the Mets starting catcher job and has thrived since
Nolan Reimold- hidden from the spotlight of Matt Wieters, Reimold has been an outstanding player this year and already has 9 homeruns
Ricky Romero- hey! hey! Ricky! Romero has been lights out since he returned from the DL and is making great contributions to a surprisingly dominant Toronto pitching staff
9. Fernando Martinez- although F-Mart has had his struggles, and his face plants into the Citi Field grass, I still believe he will turn it around (anyone up for after the All-Star Break? Anyone?)
10. Andrew Bailey- Huston Street :traded; Joey Devine: season ending surgery; Brad Ziegler: ineffective; Bailey: sure I guess we’ll take him. Imagine if this what was running through A’s manager Bob Geren’s head as he was thinking about his closer. So far, this has been the right choice as Bailey has been lights out.
So to end this post with a little more rookieness, do you think there will ever be rookies like Braun or Longoria again? Who do you think will win rookie of the year? Will Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg ever face off in the future???
The Battle is On.