I might be the chairman of the Jayson Werth apologist club. His signing by the Nats a few off seasons ago was widely ridiculed by most of baseball at the time. After he had a poor 2011 and got hurt in 2012 the ridicule didn’t stop. Werth’s heroics in game 4 of the NLDS quieted many of the vocal detractors. If you post something on twitter or bring up his name in conversation someone will immediately snap back about how he is overpaid. For the record, this year he is the 29th highest paid player in baseball, and outplaying most of the other 28.
You can check a rehash of the arguments here https://halfstreetheartattack.com/2013/06/20/the-ultimate-jayson-werth-debate/
With his bat this year Werth, is having a fantastic and almost unnoticed season. I wrote about this at the All-Star break, but he has actually gotten better the first week back.
He is batting over .300 and using wOBA which more precisely measure power hitting than slugging % and wRC+ which measures player performance above the average of 100 he is the 4th best right fielder in baseball. The only guys better are Puig (another world but only 200 ABs), Michael Cuddyer (having a career year but atrocious in the field), and the aforementioned Stanton.
Werth’s stats look a lot like Stanton, but Werth is healthier (imagine that) has more HR, Runs, RBI and a higher average.
If you look total OF, only Trout and Cargo and Choo and some guy named Harper are better this year.
- Nats Stats (WAR) 29 July (halfstreetheartattack.com)
- The Faces of Werth (halfstreetheartattack.com)
- Don’t look now: Werth is the guy Rizzo signed 3 years ago (halfstreetheartattack.com)