Best and Worst Seasons by Jay Center Fielders According to WAR

I haven't done one of these in a while but here are the ten best and worst seasons for Jay center fielders by Wins Above Replacement. The idea stolen from Amazin' Avenue, the Met's SB Nation Blog. The numbers are taken from Sean Smith's WAR Database.

Rank

Year

Player

WAR

1

2006

Vernon Wells

6.7

2

1984

Lloyd Moseby

6.2

3

1993

Devon White

6.0

4

1991

Devon White

5.8

5

1983

Lloyd Moseby

5.7

6

1992

Devon White

5.3

7

2003

Vernon Wells

4.9

8

1987

Lloyd Moseby

3.5

9

1985

Lloyd Moseby

2.8

10

1999

Jose Cruz, Jr

2.8

And the worst seasons:

Rank

Year

Player

WAR

28

1982

Lloyd Moseby

0.5

29

1997

Otis Nixon

0.5

30

1981

Lloyd Moseby

0.3

31

1979

Rick Bosetti

0.3

32

1996

Jacob Brumfield

0

33

1996

Otis Nixon

0

34

1989

Mookie Wilson

-0.2

35

1977

Gary Woods

-0.9

36

1980

Rick Bosetti

-0.9

37

1977

John Scott

-1.7

A few random comments:

  • We've had some good seasons from our center fields.
  • Moseby was called up too soon but then we didn't have anyone decent to play center field at the time. Fans that focus on his triple crown stats never understood how good a player he was. He did everything well. Even in his first couple of seasons, without having time to learn his craft in the minors, he was a better than replacement value player.
  • I have no memory of John Scott or Gary Woods, but Rick Bosetti was a favorite of mine when I was young. He had a couple of decent seasons for us. 
  • Otis Nixon had a .304 and a .327 slugging average his two seasons with us, as well as having no arm at all out in center. Pretty average range for a speedster too. Seems like he should have been a JP signing, a player than had some good seasons long before he came to the Jays.
  • Devon White was as smooth a fielder as you'll ever see. Much of his value was defensive.
  • Vernon has the 11, 12 and 15 spot as well and a few more in the top 25. But he's got a bottom 10 season going this year. At the moment he'd be fourth worst on the list.
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