I like to combine David Smith’s Base Runs and David Gassko’s Pitching Runs Created into one single list of “run creation/prevention” leaders for the year. It gives you a pretty good idea of each player’s impact on offense and defense, leaving only fielding out of the equation.
Here’s the final list for 2008. As you can see, the top four players are starting pitchers:
Player Tm BR/PRC Lincecum SF 143 Halladay TOR 140 Lee CLE 139 Santana NYN 135 Pujols STL 133 Berkman HOU 128 Gonzalez SD 124 Sizemore CLE 122 Howard PHI 120 Ramirez FLA 120 Youkilis BOS 120 Morneau MIN 118 Beltran NYN 117 Wright NYN 117 Reyes NYN 116 Hamilton TEX 116 Lester BOS 114 Markakis BAL 114 Hamels PHI 114 Huff BAL 113