2022 Top 10 infields of MLB teams
CBS Sports used FunGraphsZiPS projection WAR(Wins Above Replacement) as source to estimate the 2022 Top 10 infields of MLB teams. Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers stand side by side on the first place.
#1. LA Dodgers 16.7 projected WAR
#1. Toronto Blue Jays 16.7 projected WAR
#3. Boston Red Sox 15.2 projected WAR
#4. NY Mets 15.1 projected WAR
#5. Altlanta Braves 14.9 projected WAR
#6. Texas Rangers 14.7 projected WAR
#7. San Diego Padres 14.6 projected WAR
#8. Minnesota Twins 14.2 projected WAR
#9. Huston Astros 13.0 projected WAR
#10. St. Louis Cardinals 12.9 projected WAR
What is Wins Above Replacement(WAR)?
WAR measures a player's value in all facets of the game by deciphering how many more wins he's worth than a replacement-level player at his same position (e.g., a Minor League replacement or a readily available fill-in free agent).
For example, if a shortstop and a first baseman offer the same overall production (on offense, defense and the basepaths), the shortstop will have a better WAR because his position sees a lower level of production from replacement-level players.
For position players: (The number of runs above average a player is worth in his batting, baserunning and fielding + adjustment for position + adjustment for league + the number of runs provided by a replacement-level player) / runs per win
For pitchers: Different WAR computations use either RA9 or FIP. Those numbers are adjusted for league and ballpark. Then, using league averages, it is determined how many wins a pitcher was worth based on those numbers and his innings pitched total.
Note: fWAR refers to Fangraphs' calculation of WAR. bWAR or rWAR refer to Baseball-Reference's calculation. And WARP refers to Baseball Prospectus' statistic "Wins Above Replacement Player." The calculations differ slightly -- for instance, fWAR uses FIP in determining pitcher WAR, while bWAR uses RA9. But all three stats answer the same question: How valuable is a player in comparison to replacement level?