Nyjer Morgan is not the most talented baseball player in the world. I found him while browsing the Fangraphs Leader board. Yes, he is actually on there. In fact, he leads all of baseball with a UZR of 22.5. 22.5! His defense has been worth over two runs this summer. This is an ungodly number. It’s better than Adam Dunn’s defense is bad. This is something special.
Many people will point to Morgan’s batting average of .307, and wonder why they have never heard of him before. Well, folks, you might never encounter anyone closer to average. He has a wRAA of 3.6, and this is why we don’t ever look at batting average. That’s because batting average has almost no correlation with power.
He has also been the beneficiary of an extraordinary BABIP of .359. While Morgan is a valuable player, he has had an amazing amount of luck this season, both on hitting and in the field. While this year he has been worth 3.8 wins, he is more like an average player. Here is to hoping that Nyjer Morgan reverts to being a non all-star, as he really isn’t one.See http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=4885&position=OF for Morgan’s full stat line.