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Statistically The Five Worst Chicago White Sox Players This Year

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Mark Kotsay #7 of the Chicago White Sox is greeted by Alejandro De Aza #30 after scoring on a sacrifice fly in the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the second inning on September 26, 2010 at Angel Sta

By Cregen McMinn

 

There are so many more useful stats today than there were years ago. From OBP to BABIP, we as fans can break down who on our team has really been useful and who is just taking up a roster spot.

One stat in particular is useful when looking at the big picture: WAR. Wins Above Replacement.

As Baseball Reference explains it "A single number that presents the number of wins a player added to the team above what a replacement player (think AAA or AAAA) would add."

Too many times this year it's looked like the Sox have had a AAA esque player at DH. As it turns out, sometimes that guy has been worse than a replacement player.

I'll take you through the five worst players on the White Sox this season according to the WAR statistic.

5. Gordon Beckham -0.2 WAR

BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 05:  Gordon Beckham #15 of the Chicago White Sox is unintentionally walked with the bases loaded to score the game winning run in ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox September 5, 2010 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Ramon C
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Likely there won't be another season where Gordon Beckham finds himself as less valuable than a replacement player. However this season he's earned it with a brutal start to the year that made many wonder if he was a major league talent.

To Beckham's credit he's fought back and now sits with a .252 average. However his .695 OPS is far too low for a player of his caliber, even if he is a second baseman.

Beckham's fielding ended up slightly below average, -2 Rdrs. This could be because of the transition to a new position. Or it could be that he's just not a great fielder (-3 Rdrs last season).

Despite the less than encouraging numbers I along with many other White Sox fans are still hopefully that Beckham will reach his All-Star potential. He's looked much better in the second half of the season and a fresh slate next season might do him a lot of good.

4. Alejandro De Aza -0.3 WAR

PHOENIX - MARCH 10:  Alejandro De Aza #30 of the Chicago White Sox hits a RBI single against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning of the MLB spring training game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on March 10, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Chris
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Well this one doesn't quite seem fair, but numbers are numbers and statistically Alejandro De Aza was the 4th worst White Sox player according to WAR.

De Aza battled for the 4th outfield/ Pablo Ozuna spot in spring training but was ultimately beaten out.

After spending the majority of the season in the minors De Aza has gotten 19 ABs with the big club and has posted a .263 average and .300 OBP.

The speedy left handed hitter could potentially be a 4th or 5th outfielder because of his speed and left handed bat. In his longest season in the big leagues he posted a -1.1 WAR with the Marlins in a 158 at bats.

That being said, guys like De Aza do serve a purpose on a good team and their small amount of at bats can skew numbers and make the statistics become misleading.

3. Mark Teahen -0.4 WAR

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Mark Teahen #23 of the Chicago White Sox hits a double to score Gordon Beckham #15 in the ninth inning to give the White Sox a 4-3 over the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 22, 2010 in Oakl
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

There aren't many players on the White Sox disliked the way Mark Teahen is.

It's not because of his personality or because we as fans loved Chris Getz and Josh Fields (trust me, no one misses them.)

It's because he somehow duped Kenny Williams into giving him an absurd three year contract extension this past winter. Then he proceeded to hit .260 with four homers and 25 driven in. Not to mention that he found time to make 10 errors in only 52 games!

-0.4 WAR doesn't seem low enough for Marky Mark.

In case you were wondering, the left handed strikeout artist averages a -0.7 WAR for his career.

Let me put it another way: This season was above average by Mark Teahen's standards.

See you in 2011 Mr. Teahen! 

2. Jayson Nix -0.6 WAR

ST. PETERSBURG - JULY 11:  Infielder Jayson Nix #12 of the Cleveland Indians waits to bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 11, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The first scouting report I heard about Jayson Nix when the White Sox got him was that the could field like Ozzie Smith and could hit like Troy Tulowitzki.

Clearly my scouting reports are made by idiots.

It turns out that Nix is an alright fielder who can play many infield positions, although he doesn't play any of them like Ozzie Smith. Maybe one could say he plays them like Ozzie Guillen.

For the Sox this season Nix hit .162 in 52 at bats before he was waived and found his way to Cleveland.

Last season in almost 300 ABs with the Sox he had a 0.9 WAR and in slightly more ABs with the Tribe this season he's once again posted a 0.9 WAR. Much like De Aza, Nix's WAR is skewed by the small number of AB's.

5. Mark Kotsay -0.9 WAR

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 16:  Mark Kotsay #7 of the Chicago White Sox warms up prior to the start of the game against the Kansas City Royals on May 16, 2010 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Mark Kotsay is to the White Sox what Jessica Simpson was to Cowboy's fans - unwanted, unnecessary, and always finding a way onto TV.

I'm going to give you Kotsay's numbers. Keep in Mind that the White Sox brushed aside Jim Thome and were comfortable with Mark Kotsay.

.238 average, .308 OBP, eight homers and 31 runs driven in.

These numbers came while Kotsay often batted 5th or 6th.

Frustrating? Yes. Avoidable? Yes.

The White Sox acquired Kotsay when he was waived by the Red Sox last season. Since that time Ozzie and Kenny have treated the 35 year old utility player like he was not "Mark Kotsay" but in face was a different former left handed player cast off by the Red Sox - George Herman Ruth

The fact that Mark Kotsay was the worst player on the White Sox this season according to the WAR statistic, yet is still showing up four or five days a week in the lineup is an indictment of both the GM and the manager.

Here's hoping Kotsay saves White Sox fans and decides to hang up the spikes after this season.

5. Mark Kotsay -0.9 WAR

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 16:  Mark Kotsay #7 of the Chicago White Sox warms up prior to the start of the game against the Kansas City Royals on May 16, 2010 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Mark Kotsay is to the White Sox what Jessica Simpson was to Cowboy's fans - unwanted, unnecessary, and always finding a way onto TV.

I'm going to give you Kotsay's numbers. Keep in Mind that the White Sox brushed aside Jim Thome and were comfortable with Mark Kotsay.

.238 average, .308 OBP, eight homers and 31 runs driven in.

These numbers came while Kotsay often batted 5th or 6th.

Frustrating? Yes. Avoidable? Yes.

The White Sox acquired Kotsay when he was waived by the Red Sox last season. Since that time Ozzie and Kenny have treated the 35 year old utility player like he was not "Mark Kotsay" but in face was a different former left handed player cast off by the Red Sox - George Herman Ruth

The fact that Mark Kotsay was the worst player on the White Sox this season according to the WAR statistic, yet is still showing up four or five days a week in the lineup is an indictment of both the GM and the manager.

Here's hoping Kotsay saves White Sox fans and decides to hang up the spikes after this season.

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