Tommy Edman is a very productive hitter
Compared to the other two skills of defense and speed this is probably Tommy Edman’s least in terms of impact for the Cardinals, but once again, his flexibility and creativity coaches can have with him in the batter’s box is unique. His speed is unique because he does not add outs, meaning he is not a double play threat. Many power hitters in the game create a lot more runs through hitting for power but hurt their respective teams through hitting double plays. Edman rarely ever hits into double plays and therefore does not cost his teams extra outs.
Looking at some simple statistics, his results have been consistent. For this exercise I need you to bear with me. His 2019 short season from getting called up and 2020 due to the pandemic I will combine. In those two seasons he played in a combined 147 games which equates to roughly a full season.
In the past seasons, he achieved a very similar total extra base hit total. His consistency of producing results is an asset.
2019/2020 – 48 extra base hits
2021 – 55 extra base hits
2022 – 48 extra base hits
Looking at his wRC+, he put together seasons of 122, 90, 91, and 108 in the most recent season. For his career, he owns a 103 wRC+. By no means is that a world beater number, but a league average hitter with plus skillset in defense and base stealing, he has great value.
According to my Jaybird Baseball Statistics model, in 2022 he achieved 0.41 wins above replacement hitting valuing at $2.21 million.