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Fantasy Baseball 2014 – Stats You Need to Know

One of the challenges in preparing for your fantasy baseball draft is to decide how much research to analyze and which statistics to have less significance.  Even the best fantasy baseball analysts struggle to answer that question with the quantity of statistics and sabermetrics available these days. I have analyzed a wide array of statistics from 2013 and offer them up to you. Some of these facts may provide value to you, while others you may view as more insignificant or trivial. You are the ultimate judge.

In 2013:

–    14 players hit 30 or more home runs. All of which either were outfielders or corner infielders.
–    Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, and Joey Votto led the league on on-base percentage.
–    8 players stole 40 or more bases.
–    Matt Carpenter led the league in runs scored with 126, 17 more than second place.
–    Six catchers hit 20 or more home runs and 26 ended the season with double-digit home runs.
–    Both Brian McCann and Evan Gattis had just over 350 at-bats with 91 or less hits, yet both managed at least 20 home runs.
–    Michael Morse, Brandon Belt, and Alex Gordon led 2013 spring training in home runs. However, they combined for only 50 home runs in total last season.
–    Alfonso Soriano led the league in home runs after the All-Star Break. Yes, more than Chris Davis!
–    Eric Young stole 30 bases after the All-Star Break, but only batted .228.
–    Hanley Ramirez was second in the league in on-base percentage plus slugging (OPS).
–    Yankee Stadium ranked ninth in home runs. Coors Field, Comerica Park, Great American Ballpark, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, U.S. Cellular Field Rogers Centre, Miller Park, Minute Maid Park, and Citizens Bank Park ranked higher.
–    “Pitcher-friendly” Citi Field ranked 11th just behind Yankee Stadium in home runs allowed, but ranked 2nd in least runs allowed just behind Petco Park.
–    Adam Wainwright threw more innings than any other pitcher in 2013.
–    Both Yu Darvish and Max Scherzer were the only starting pitchers to average double-digit strikeouts per nine innings.
–    Cliff Lee is very efficient and does not walk batters. He led all starters with lowest walks per nine innings and strikeouts per walk rates.
–    Jim Johnson had three times as many blown saves last season than in 2012.

Good luck this season.  Opening day is around the corner!

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