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Dozier in the 3 Hole and Other Lost Opportunities

Several weeks ago I wrote a post for FanGraphs.com comparing RMI to RBI stats for the 2012 leaders as yet another way to debunk the RBI.

Here's a quick rundown on RMI --

RMI stands for Runner Movement Indicator. It is a percentage based measure that indicates how often a batter moves his runners around the bases. So, with a runner on 1st a batter may do something -- walk, base hit, ground out, flyout + tag, etc. -- that moves them up to 2nd, the batter is credited with moving them one out of a potential three bases, for a .333 RMI. For more on RMI distributions go here. Read the FanGraphs post above for more about how RMI relates to other stats like BA, OPA and SLG.

While writing the FanGraph's post and focusing on more widely known players I was surprised to find that Brian Dozier was the Twins leader for RMI. Keep in mind, this was back in early July. He wasn't accumulating RBI or leading the team in batting average but he was helping move runners around the bases better than any other Twin, Mauer or Morneau included. He still is the top Twin, coming it at 58th in the majors with an RMI of .250. For comparison, Miguel Cabrera is 2nd in the league at .307. I refuse to write who is leading, but if you must know, click here to see the full list.

With this knowledge it's good to see Dozier moving down the order a few spots where the Twins can maximize the opportunities to produce more runs for the team.

Now, what about the Twins as a team. Well, they're dead last in the majors. They squander more opportunities than any team, even more so than the lowly Marlins. In 2012 the Twins sat respectably at 11th in the majors with an RMI of .228. In 2013 though, they're 30th with an RMI of .201. Click here to see a full list of team-by-team RMI.

So, what does this mean for the team? Well, they need to get better at hitting with runners on base! Three of the worst nine qualifying players in in the majors in RMI are Twins. Two of the three have been in Rochester for awhile now (Hicks and Parmelee) while the third still remains fairly active with the team - Clete Thomas. With the recent additions to the OF I'm sure we'll see less of Thomas as well.

It's nice to see, if not expected, that the team is moving players that aren't performing. If only the replacements can do better. It will be hard to do worse.

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