The visualization below shows a scatter plot of Major League hitters. Each dot represents a hitter. The color indicates whether the player was elected to the All-Star Game roster, and if so, how. The user can control which statistics to display on the axes by selecting from the menu on the right-hand side of the graph.
The options are, for the Y axis:
• OPS: On-base + slugging percentage, measuring a hitter’s power and plate discipline.
• HR: Home runs from the first half of the 2015 season.
• Proj. OPS and Proj. HRS: Projections for the season’s upcoming second half, courtesy of Steamer Projections.
And for the X axis:
• WAR: Wins above replacement, a catch-all metric for determining the value of a player’s total contributions to the team's win.
• BA: Batting average from the season’s first half.
• Proj. WAR and Proj. BA: Corresponding projections for the season’s second half.
Click to interact.
Analyzing the scatter plot lets you see how some selected players fall far below the 90th percentile line for the displayed metrics. How do Alcides Escobar, Matt Holliday, and Salvador Perez beat out players like Alex Rodrigues, Joey Votto, and Adam Lind?