Bloomberg Sports Announces Its First-Ever “BSports Best” MLB Players Of The Year Winners
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Bloomberg Sports (BSports), the world's leaders in sports analytic technology, today announced 12 winners, based on season long statistical parameters for its first ever MLB Analytic rankings. The categories include Offensive Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Reliever of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Pitching Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Offensive Player, Most Improved Starter, Most Improved Reliever, Best Offensive Addition, Best Pitching Addition, Best Impending Free Agent Hitter, and Best Impending Free Agent Pitcher.
The awards and rankings are aimed at providing the most advanced, in-depth assessment of batters and pitchers this season. Due to the volatility of defensive metrics, BSports believes that until more precise defensive data is generated it is difficult to empirically quantify, prompting a focus on just offensive and pitching metrics. The full rankings can be seen at http://www.bsports.com/bsportsbestlist
The winners for 2013 include:
Mike Trout, Angels – Offensive Player of the Year
In 2012, Mike Trout put up the first 10 WAR season since Barry Bonds' 2004 campaign, and he's followed that performance with 10.2 wins in 2013, improving both his strikeout and walk rate while maintaining his power and speed. Trout's dynamic performance leaves the rest of baseball in the dust; the second-year player simply has no weaknesses in his game, and it shows with his position atop our leaderboard.
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers – Starting Pitcher of the Year
Once again lefties hit below the Mendoza line against the southpaw, while right-handers were not much better. The top pitch from Clayton Kershaw is the curveball. The opposition hit just .096 against it in 146 at bats. As for those 14 hits, they were all singles. Kershaw is by far the most dominant pitcher this season by a wide margin, and he may rank amongst the greatest of all-time by the time he retires.
Koji Uehara, Red Sox – Reliever of the Year, Best 2013 Pitching Addition
The Red Sox, the only team to go from worst to first in their division this year, had many players step up out of nowhere with unexpected seasons. Topping the list might be their Japanese reliever, Koji Uehara. After Boston's top two choices for closer went down with injuries or were just plain ineffective (Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey), Uehara moved into the closer's job and finished the year with a microscopic 1.09 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and 21 saves. At one point of the season he retired 37 consecutive batters to go with 30 1/3 straight scoreless innings.
Jean Segura, Brewers – Offensive Rookie of the Year
Jean Segura got off to a torrid start, smacking the ball to the tune of a .325/.363/.487 line with 11 homers and 27 stolen bases in the first half. He fell off a bit in the second half, but still ended the year at .294/.329/.423, which any team will take from a good defensive shortstop.
Jose Fernandez, Marlins – Rookie Pitcher of the Year
Starting 28 games for the Marlins, Fernandez finished with a 2.19 ERA, 12-6 record, and 187 strikeouts, making him our top rookie pitcher. Fernandez turned it up down the stretch finishing with a 7-1 record after the all-star break and a 0.64 ERA in the month of September. In the second half of the season, Fernandez decreased his earned runs by two-thirds while walking only 18 batters compared to 40 in the first half. The 21-year old pitcher showed flashes of brilliance and provided hope for a Marlins team going forward.
Matt Carpenter, Cardinals – Most Improved Offensive Player
Carpenter is the most improved hitter in baseball. A key difference this season is that he figured out lefties, hitting .294 against them after hitting .265 last season. Furthermore, the All-Star's plate discipline is sensational, as he cut down on his chase percentage (19.3%), swing percentage (37.4%), and whiff percentage (11.5%) and he was already above average in those categories last year. Carpenter ranks as one of the elite hitters against off-speed pitches in the game, as his .306 average and .461 average both rank among MLB's finest.