Detroit Tigers: Statistical leaders from the first half
Unsurprisingly, Detroit has a number of players with strong ISO numbers this season. Five different Tigers posted a ISO clip above .200 in the first half, including Avila, Upton, James McCann and John Hicks in limited playing time.
However, the Tigers leader in the category is J.D. Martinez, who owns a .310 number in the category.
With DRS, or defensive runs saved, you’d probably expect a defensive-minded player like McCann or Jose Iglesias to lead the way.
While both players have strong numbers at catcher and shortstop respectively, Justin Upton currently paces Detroit in defensive runs saved, with 11 in left field.
Moving back to the plate, Alex Avila’s 156 wRC+ currently paces the team. In fact, of players with at least 220 plate appearances, only nine players have a higher wRC+ in the league.
You’ve probably heard of most all of the nine. They include, in no particular order, Aaron Judge, Bryce Harper, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Joey Votto, George Springer, Justin Turner, Marwin Gonzalez and Jose Ramirez.
Avila once again tops Detroit’s leaderboard with a .407 wOBA, although J.D. Martinez is right on his heels with a .405 number. Once again, only nine players have a higher number among those with at least 220 plate appearances.
It’s the same group as before, expect with Paul Goldschmidt taking Gonzalez’ place.