Originally written on We Talk Fantasy Sports  |  Last updated 2/8/15
Just the other day, I posted Part One of my article looking at the players who are affected the most by changing league scoring from Batting Average to On Base Percentage (OBP). Today, Part Two accomplishes that same goal, but looks at each position. Remember, the goal of this article is NOT to rank players based on OBP. The goal of this article is to highlight certain players that substantially benefit or lose value from the switch from Batting Average to On Base Percentage.  Remember, the switch from Batting Average to OBP changes the value of players by varying degrees. Some players who would have negative value due to their poor Batting Average become positive players (see Dan Uggla). Some players who have above average Batting Averages become less valuable in the OBP setting. The following charts represent the players that gain and lose the most value by switching to the OBP format at each position. (All player data was gathered from Fangraphs.com. I used the past two seasons as a sample size.) Catchers Who Benefit the Most table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerValue AboveMLBDiff*Actual BAActual OBPJohn Jaso .053 .273 0.391Carlos Santana .046 .260 .371 Yasmani Grandal .044 .271 0.380Mike Napoli .042 .246 0.353Alex Avila .036 .235 0.336Russell Martin .035 .219 0.319Miguel Montero .033 .260 0.358Catchers Who Lost the Most table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerValue AboveMLBDiff*Actual BAActual OBPSalvador Perez -.036 .296 0.325Wilin Rosario -.033 .282 0.314AJ Pierzynski -.029 .275 0.311JP Arencibia -.028 .211 0.248First Base Who Benefit the Most table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerValue AboveMLBDiff*Actual BAActual OBPJoey Votto .068 .317 0.450Adam Dunn .050 .211 0.326Edwin Encarnacion .036 .276 0.377Chris Carter .036 .228 0.329Mark Reynolds .035 .221 0.321First Base Who Lost the Most table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerValue AboveMLBDiff*Actual BAActual OBPYuniesky Betancourt -.038 .218 0.245Adrian Gonzalez -.018 .296 0.343James Loney -.018 .277 0.324Garret Jones -.016 .255 0.304Second Base Who Benefit the Most table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerValue AboveMLBDiff*Actual BAActual OBPDan Uggla .064 .201 0.330Rickie Weeks .033 .222 0.320Ben Zobrist .028 .272 0.365Chase Utley .017 .273 0.355Jason Kipnis .015 .270 0.350Second Base Who Lost the Most table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerValue AboveMLBDiff*Actual BAActual OBPOmar Infante -.039 .294 0.320Daniel Murphy -.028 .288 0.325Howie Kendrick -.027 .292 0.330Jose Altuve -.023 .286 0.328Brandon Phillips -.021 .271 0.315Third Base Who Lost the Most table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerValue AboveMLBDiff*Actual BAActual OBPChase Headley .028 .270 0.363David Wright .019 .307 0.391Miguel Cabrera .014 .338 0.417David Freese .014 .278 0.357Evan Longoria .011 .275 0.351Third Base Who Lost the Most table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerValue AboveMLBDiff*Actual BAActual OBPManny Machado -.035 .279 0.309Nolan Arenado -.031 .267 0.301Will Middlebrooks -.025 .254 0.294Chris Johnson -.023 .301 0.343Shortstop Who Lost the Most table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerValue AboveMLBDiff*Actual BAActual OBPStephen Drew .018 .241 0.324Troy Tulowitski .012 .305 0.382Everth Cabrera .010 .264 0.339Didi Gregorius .010 .255 0.330Shortstop Who Lost the Most table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerValue AboveMLBDiff*Actual BAActual OBPAlexei Ramirez -.039 .275 0.301Erick Aybar -.033 .280 0.312Alcides Escobar -.029 .263 0.295Zack Cozart -.029 .250 0.286Starlin Castro -.026 .264 0.303Jean Segura -.026 .287 0.326Outfield Who Lost the Most table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerValue AboveMLBDiff*Actual BAActual OBPJosh Willingham .052 .238 0.355Shin-Soo Choo .050 .284 0.399Jose Bautista .042 .251 0.358Dexter Fowler .032 .282 0.379Matt Joyce .031 .238 0.334Giancarlo Stanton .028 .270 0.363Mike Trout .027 .324 0.416Nick Swisher .027 .259 0.352Curtis Granderson .023 .231 0.319Matt Holliday .021 .298 0.384Outfield Who Lost the Most table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerValue AboveMLBDiff*Actual BAActual OBPIchiro Suzuki -.036 .273 0.302Delmon Young -.029 .264 0.300Alex Rios -.027 .291 0.329Torii Hunter -.024 .308 0.349Dayan Viciedo -.023 .260 0.302*MLBDiff is defined as the total league’s batting average subtracted from the total league’s On Base Percentage, which is .065.
PLAYERS: Dan UgglaJohn JasoCarlos SantanaYasmani GrandalMike NapoliAlex AvilaRussell MartinMiguel MonteroSalvador PerezWilin RosarioAJ PierzynskiJP ArencibiaJoey VottoAdam DunnEdwin EncarnacionMark ReynoldsYuniesky BetancourtAdrian GonzalezJames LoneyRickie WeeksBen ZobristChase UtleyJason KipnisOmar InfanteDaniel MurphyHowie KendrickJose AltuveChase HeadleyMiguel CabreraDavid FreeseEvan LongoriaManny MachadoNolan ArenadoWill MiddlebrooksStephen DrewEverth CabreraDidi GregoriusAlexei RamirezErick AybarAlcides EscobarZack CozartStarlin CastroJean SeguraJosh WillinghamShin-Soo ChooJose BautistaDexter FowlerMatt JoyceGiancarlo StantonMike TroutNick SwisherCurtis GrandersonMatt HollidayIchiro SuzukiAlex RiosTorii HunterDayan Viciedo
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