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November 19, Phoenix – Three NL shortstops garnered votes the other day for the MVP Award: Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes and Stephen Drew. Drew was called to task by many of us so called experts heading into the 08′ campaign as a player that needed to improve and he got it done, an improvement of 20 points in on base percentage and a jump of 132 in slugging percentage.

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The reason it was so exciting to see Drew rewarded for his efforts was that his efforts never lagged while he was hitting .238 in 07′. Stephen never jogged on a routine fly ball to right or a three-hopper to second base…never. Now effort, ability and experience have teamed up to build a player in a special class.

Drew’s 44 doubles are more than any Dbacks shortstop in a single season, as were his 21 home runs, 76 extra base hits, .502 slugging percentage and .835 OPS.

Only Hanley Ramirez had a higher OPS (.945) as a shortstop than Drew in the entire Major Leagues. But Stephen’s extra base hit total was tops amongst all at his position in the game and also rank in the top 25 single season totals at shortstop all-time.

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Speaking of awards, one would think that Chris Young could have a Gold Glove in his trophy case someday soon. As a matter of fact, the numbers show that he might have been overlooked in 2008. (Note: Visit the websites for explanations of the stats if needed)

NL CF
Fielding Bible +/- (http://www.fieldingbible.com/)
1.) Beltran +24
2.) Young +23
3.) Ross +15
4.) Gerut +12
5.) Victorino +10 

The Hardball Times RZR (Based on BIS Data) (http://www.hardballtimes.com/)
1.) Ross .952
2.) Young .947
3.) Rowand .945
4.) Cameron .943
5.) Beltran .925

The Hardball Times OOZ
1. Beltran 111
2. Young 92
3. Mclouth 87
4. Victorino 83
5. Bourn 82

Stats Inc. Zone Rating
1.) Patterson .901
2.) Victorino .899
3.) Beltran .899
4.) Cameron .892
5.) Young .889

Thanks to the Diamondbacks Bullpen for lighting the flame on this topic and stacking up the numbers to back it up..http://forum.diamondbacksbullpen.org/viewtopic.php?t=5340.

See you soon.

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