Astros: Defensive Wins Above Replacement Leaders
By Paul Conlon
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How do the 2022 Astros stack up as position players in defensive wins above replacement? Let’s take a look.
Nearly 50 games into the season, two Astros possess a wins above replacement value that ranks in the top-25 among all players in the majors. Jeremy Peña, an unknown variable stepping into the big shoes of former Houston All-Star shortstop, Carlos Correa, currently remains tied for the ninth highest WAR ranking in the big leagues with a 2.6.
Meanwhile, not too far behind, the Astros 2015 first round pick, Kyle Tucker, ranks 23rd in the majors with a WAR of exactly 2.0.
But did you know a separate category called defensive wins above replacement exists? Let’s take a look at how Astros position players fare as fielders compared to their counterparts across the majors up to this point into the season.