Twins Bench Battle Dashboard; 3/10/12

I have been creating dashboards to look at the progression of the Spring Training battle for the 3 bullpen sports for the Twins (You can read about the rationale and details here.) I decided to create a dashboard for the 2-3 bench position battles. To quantify position players performance I am using another Bill James' measurement, the "Batting Game Score", as modified by Baseball Reference. I made 2 changes on the BR way of calculating Batting Game Score: I took away the bonus points for multi-HR games and for hitting for the cycle and I am adding a point for a catcher when he throws out a runner trying to steal a base.

Here is the way it is calculated (again, one needs a box-score and a calculator:)

Start with 0 points (unlike the pitching Game Score that starts with 50)
Add 1 point for each Run, RBI, 2B, SB, BB, and HBP recorded.
Add 2.5 for each hit, 3 for each 3B and 4 for each HR.
Subtract 1 for each CS and GIDP,
subtract 1 for each error,
for catchers add 1 for each CS
Subtract 0.2 for each SO and 0.5 for each AB.

Again, as in the Bullpen Battle Dashboard, the Bench Battle Dashboard is color coded based on average, above average and below average performances, where:

Average is Batting Game Score between 0 and 2
Above average is Batting Game Score higher than 2
Below average is Batting Game Score less than 0

Also the Dashboard, is broken down by catchers, infielders and outfielders

One comment before I present the Bench Battle Dashboard: Before Spring Training, I thought that Luke Hughes was a lock. However, based on his continuous below average performances (actually the worse by any position player in the team), I think that his position might be in jeopardy, so I am tracking his performance as well:

Here is what the Dashboard looks like after today's game against the Pirates:

And the rankings by position:


J.R. Towles 3
Rene Rivera 2.6
Daniel Rohlfing 1.25
Chris Herrmann 0.433333333
Danny Lehmann 0.4
Drew Butera -0.4
Danny Rams -0.566666667


Chris Parmelee 3.65
Mike Hollimon 2.2
Ray Chang 1.5
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 1.466666667
Aaron Bates 0.95
Sean Burroughs 0.02
Brian Dinkelman -0.04
Brian Dozier -0.433333333
Pedro Florimon -0.55
Steve Pearce -0.733333333
Luke Hughes -1.525


Wilkin Ramirez 0.95
Matt Carson 0.76
Darin Mastroianni 0.375
Rene Tosoni 0.35
Oswaldo Arcia -0.58
Joe Benson -0.04

I will be updating this daily and posting updates here close to daily. As always you can find all Spring Training coverage at The Tenth Inning Stretch here.


Marv said...

So... do you believe Towles will replace Butera?

thrylos98 said...

I think that so far both Rivera and Towles have outperformed Butera. If this continuous and if the Twins take 3 catchers up North, I would love to see them take the one who wins the job on the field. Ryan eluded to something like that earlier in the off-season. We'll see.