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MLB Network’s “The Shredder” vs. SSTN’s “The Determinator”: Left

In what took about a month to formulate, record, calculate, and report, my analysis tool The Determinator concluded last week with the announcement of the Top-5 Designated Hitters in the MLB.

It was a long process of trying to create and justify my own metric of metrics, which was very hard to do in some circumstances (CF), yet in others seemed to be pretty close to what I expected (1B). However, more often than not a few players per position stuck out as surprising to have either made or not made the list.

As this was inspired greatly by the yearly lists from MLB Network’s The Shredder, and in an effort to provide an easy to see view between my tool and theirs I figured a daily post between positions would be interesting to see. We have 3 positions to go, and on Friday will be showcasing two positions I didn’t run analysis for.

Today we continue with our sixth list: Left Field


The Shredder vs. The Determinator:

The Shredder, from MLB Network’s Top 10: Left Field

The Shredder, from MLB Network’s Top 10: Left Field

The Determinator, from SSTN’s Top 10: Left Field

The Determinator, from SSTN’s Top 10: Left Field


Key Notes:

The Shredder and The Determinator differed on including 4 different left fielders to each list, of which the omissions per list were:

The Shredder:

Marcell Ozuna (STL)

Ryan Braun (MIL)

Andrew Benintendi (BOS)

Alex Gordon (KCR)

The Determinator:

Mark Canha (OAK)

Austin Meadows (TBR)

David Peralta (ARZ)

Giancarlo Stanton (NYY)

Between players that made each list, four players stayed the same in placement:

Juan Soto (#1, WSH)

Michael Brantley (#2, HOU)

Tommy Pham (#4, SDP)

Kyle Schwarber (#8, CHC)

From that, here are the noticeable changes of player rankings from The Shredder to The Determinator:

Brian Reynolds (#3 -> #5, PIT)

Joc Pederson (#7 -> #3, LAD)

Click here to see the #1-5 Left Fielders (+ Honorable Mentions), and here for the #6-10 Left Fielders.


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