Thursday, February 10, 2011

Top seasons by age

Yesterday's post on the best and worst age 27 seasons in Royals history got me wondering about the best performance's of all ages, well just 20-40 actually. That post only took offense into consideration but this time I wanted to incorporate defense so instead of using OPS+ I've opted for b-ref's wins above replacement, this altered the results dramatically and enabled Joe Randa to make an appearance. However, I did use OPS+ as a tie breaker in two cases. The minimum plate appearances is once again set at 400.
Any guesses on how many times George Brett appears?

Age Player WAR HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS+
20* Clint Hurdle 1.6 7 56 .264 .348 .398 108
21* George Brett 0.8 2 47 .282 .313 .363 91
22 George Brett 5.1 11 89 .308 .353 .456 125
23 George Brett 8.0 7 67 .333 .377 .462 144
24 Willie Wilson 7.8 3 49 .326 .357 .421 113
25 Al Cowens 5.1 23 112 .312 .361 .525 137
26 George Brett 8.7 23 107 .329 .376 .563 148
27 George Brett 9.6 24 118 .390 .454 .664 203
28 Mike Sweeney 4.7 24 86 .340 .417 .563 148
29 George Brett 5.8 21 82 .301 .378 .505 141
30 Hal McRae 5.4 8 73 .332 .407 .461 153
31 Amos Otis 7.5 22 96 .298 .380 .525 150
32 George Brett 8.0 30 112 .335 .436 .585 178
33 Frank White 3.5 17 56 .271 .311 .445 107
34 Joe Randa 2.7 8 56 .287 .343 .408 94
35 George Brett 5.2 24 103 .306 .389 .509 149
36 Hal Mcrae 4.0 27 133 .308 .369 .542 147
37 George Brett 4.6 14 87 .329 .387 .515 153
38 Frank White 1.5 2 36 .256 .307 .328 80
39* George Brett 0.0 7 61 .285 .330 .397 102
40* George Brett -0.4 19 75 .266 .312 .434 94
* Indicates only one eligible player

So yeah, George Brett was pretty good. I'd like to do this with pitchers too but I wouldn't mind if another Royals blogger beat me to it (I'm looking at you McGannon).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I bet Butler replaces Cowens after this season. 5.2 war seems very reachable.