Cano-Miller-Zunino: Now, Officially, the Core of Your Mariner Offense

HR1== Get Used to It ==

Brad Miller got benched on May 28.  His line was .151/.230/.247.

He came back on May 29 with two hits, and since then: .300/.354/.500.

He’s been through ups and downs, but after 600 MLB plate appearances, his ISO is .146.

Over his two years, he’s the 7th-ranked shortstop (min. 500 PAs) in terms of ISO:

# Name Team G PA AB H 2B 3B HR AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO
1 Hanley Ramirez Dodgers 161 647 576 179 46 2 31 .311 .382 .559 .941 .248
2 Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 206 842 721 236 44 1 43 .327 .412 .570 .982 .243
3 Ian Desmond Nationals 239 995 915 242 50 5 34 .264 .316 .442 .758 .177
4 Stephen Drew Red Sox 142 566 505 121 32 8 13 .240 .314 .412 .726 .172
5 Jhonny Peralta – – – 188 767 691 192 52 0 22 .278 .343 .449 .792 .171
6 Asdrubal Cabrera Indians 213 894 806 196 54 3 22 .243 .303 .400 .702 .156
7 Brad Miller Mariners 147 598 542 130 17 7 16 .240 .300 .386 .686 .146
8 J.J. Hardy Orioles 233 945 883 241 44 0 27 .273 .311 .414 .725 .142
9 Brandon Crawford Giants 229 847 757 189 37 11 16 .250 .317 .391 .708 .141
10 Jed Lowrie Athletics 231 995 888 238 64 2 19 .268 .335 .409 .744 .141

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And we can do the same thing for catchers, who, of course, are known a bit more for power:

# Name Team G PA AB H 2B 3B HR AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO
1 Evan Gattis Braves 168 625 578 151 31 1 37 .261 .310 .510 .821 .249
2 Wilin Rosario Rockies 178 688 657 182 37 1 29 .277 .304 .469 .773 .192
3 Devin Mesoraco Reds 151 540 491 129 25 0 23 .263 .319 .454 .773 .191
4 Jarrod Saltalamacchia – – – 177 688 612 161 51 0 21 .263 .339 .449 .788 .186
5 Carlos Santana Indians 226 956 795 197 50 1 32 .248 .370 .434 .804 .186
6 Jason Castro Astros 189 774 686 174 48 2 25 .254 .331 .439 .770 .185
7 Matt Wieters Orioles 174 691 627 155 34 0 27 .247 .296 .431 .726 .183
8 Derek Norris Athletics 159 511 435 117 27 0 17 .269 .369 .448 .818 .179
9 Wilson Ramos Nationals 106 421 393 107 16 0 18 .272 .314 .450 .764 .178
10 Brian McCann – – – 176 687 619 149 21 1 29 .241 .313 .418 .731 .178
11 Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 224 915 820 246 53 7 26 .300 .363 .477 .840 .177
12 Mike Zunino Mariners 119 452 409 90 18 1 17 .220 .285 .394 .679 .174
13 Yan Gomes Indians 158 592 543 152 27 3 20 .280 .328 .451 .779 .171
14 J.P. Arencibia – – – 158 563 534 100 21 0 22 .187 .222 .350 .572 .163
15 Buster Posey Giants 222 890 783 230 47 1 24 .294 .364 .448 .812 .155

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And second base.  Duh.

# Name Team G PA AB H 2B 3B HR AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO
1 Chase Utley Phillies 209 874 783 225 49 9 24 .287 .350 .465 .815 .178
2 Brian Dozier Twins 227 990 864 208 45 4 33 .241 .326 .417 .743 .176
3 Robinson Cano – – – 239 1020 911 288 58 1 33 .316 .381 .491 .872 .175
4 Jedd Gyorko Padres 181 746 690 154 31 1 28 .223 .275 .393 .668 .170
5 Neil Walker Pirates 201 842 739 191 33 4 27 .258 .340 .424 .763 .165
6 Anthony Rendon Nationals 176 741 664 181 39 6 19 .273 .333 .435 .769 .163
7 Dan Uggla Braves 181 679 576 101 13 3 24 .175 .295 .333 .628 .158
8 Jason Kipnis Indians 205 897 776 212 49 5 20 .273 .355 .427 .782 .153
9 Ian Kinsler – – – 214 967 874 252 56 4 23 .288 .344 .441 .784 .152
10 Aaron Hill Diamondbacks 166 686 629 170 37 3 17 .270 .324 .420 .743 .149

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Anyone else make all three lists?

  • Washington with Desmond-Rendon-Ramos
  • Cleveland with Cabrera-Kipnis-Santana/Gomes

[Of course, set aside that Seattle gave away AsCab and passed on Rendon to take Danny Hultzen.]

  • Cleveland is 131-113 (.537) over those two years.
  • Washington is 130-114 (.533).

Why yes it seems that having guys who can hit for power at 2b-SS-C contributes to having a good team.

And a good 3b is pretty helpful too.  Kyle Seager ranks 12th among third basemen in ISO over the last two years.

If you’re down to needing your corner outfielders, first baseman and DH to be your “supporting cast” — then you’re doing all right.

And if you can’t find a “supporting cast” from those positions, then you’re doing something wrong.

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