Dewan: Rookie total runs and Defensive Runs Saved leaders

From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on June 19, 2013:

A couple of weeks ago, we looked at the overall Total Runs leaders so far in 2013. Total Runs is a comprehensive player evaluation that combines our Defensive Runs Saved numbers with runs generated by offense, pitching, and baserunning.

This week, let’s use the same metric to look at the best rookies so far.


The top of the list features two National League pitchers at the forefront of the Rookie of the Year discussion. Shelby Miller is striking out more than a batter per inning and has a 2.08 ERA in 14 starts. Hyun-Jin Ryu has been nearly as good with a 2.85 ERA. Overall, the NL dominates the list. Conor Gillaspie and Aaron Hicks fell just short of the top-ten in rookie Total Runs in the American League, but I wonder if the AL Rookie of the Year favorite has even made his debut.

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Originally published: June 19, 2013. Last Updated: June 19, 2013.