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ESPN Projects Mark DiFelice As All-Star

Right Field BleachersCorrespondent IMay 14, 2009

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/playerrating?type=allstarprojections&team=mil&position=all&season=2009&ratingId=0

Their player rater has DiFelice as one of the top pitchers in the NL so far.   I have a strong feeling that this is due mainly towards DiFelice’s shiny 3-0 record, but he has been very strong by any measure.  He may not be an all-star, but he certainly is a valuable cog in what, over the last few weeks, has been a well-oiled Milwaukee winning machine.

Prior to today’s game, StatCorner’s tERA (which is a fancy sabermetric stat based on batted ball profiles, walks, Ks, and HRs) has DiFelice at 1.60, and he’s been worth 5.3 runs above average by this measure, and an astounding .8 WAR.  .8 WAR, for the record, is roughly equal to 4 million dollars, or 10 times the league minimum that the Brewers are paying DiFelice.

Fangraph’s FIP has DiFelice at a still-impressive 2.49, worth .6 WAR, or roughly 3 million dollars.  That ranks him 4th in the NL among relievers.  #45 may have had a rocky path to the big leagues, but with this kind of production he is certainly here to stay, and he may even have claim to being an all-star before too long.

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