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The ultimate proof of the idiocy of the Elias Rankings

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Okay, the Elias rankings have always been something of a joke.

But thanks to tdi1985 for pointing out in a comment on the diary on the rankings how ridiculous they really are.

Out of 70 players who got ranked in the 2B/SS/3B category, Joaquin Arias ranked #41. Barely outside of the top half.

And Arias has all of 12 major league plate appearances.

Bobby Crosby and Howie Kendrick are ranked #37 and #38.

Wilson Betemit, who posted a 101 OPS+ each of the past two seasons (and the rankings are based on the player's last two seasons), is ranked below Arias. So are Alex Cora, Alex Gordon, Josh Fields, and Asdrubal Cabrera.

As I mentioned in the diary, their rankings don't take into account park effects.

Here's what they look at for 2B/SS/3B:

PA, AVG, OBP, HR, RBI, Fielding percentage, Total chances at designated position

And this half-ass, jacked up, ridiculous system that no one in their right mind would consider the best way to evaluate a player is what MLB uses for determining draft pick compensation for free agents.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.