Tuesday Rockpile: The most under-appreciated star in baseball

Denis Poroy

Troy Tulowitzki is a only a name at this point. Wait, no he's not.

I came across an interesting statistic while Twittering this morning that says a lot about the value of a certain star player, and just how off-base his team's fans might be about his contributions.

Want to see it? Okay. Here it is:

There are two really interesting things about Simon's tweet. First, Andrelton Simmons is so good at defense that he's reached that 9.6 figure in only 206 big-league contests. That's approximately one win every 21½ games. That's tops among everyone on that list. However, Troy Tulowitzki isn't far behind. He's been worth 11.9 WAR in only 316 games, or one win every 26½ contests.

Here is a breakdown of percentage of games played over the last three seasons for each of the players listed above:

Elvis Andrus 95%
Troy Tulowitzki 65%
J.J. Hardy 92%
Yunel Escobar 89%
Erick Aybar 87%
Jose Reyes 78%
Andrelton Simmons 42%

Tulowitzki is worth more each of the other six shortstops on that list despite playing in a fewer percentage of his team's games since the start of the 2011 than all of them except for Simmons. I don't want to downplay the importance of being on the field regularly, but at the same time, it's pretty obvious how badly misinformed a certain chunk of the fanbase is in terms of Tulo's performance.

I've seen some strange comments over the last few days. One person referred to Tulowitzki as being "only a name at this point." I saw another Rockies fan pining to receive Allen Craig -- a guy who spent significant time during a key point in the season on the disabled list -- in a deal because he's a better player, and less of an injury risk, than Tulo.

Come on. Just ... come on. Clean it up, people.

In other news, Tulo probably isn't going to be traded. At least, that's what the Rockies' brass is saying. That's a quick, sharp turn from the direction things seemed to be heading on Sunday night.



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