Hughie Critz

Regular
WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW HIM:
Critz had two hits off Grover Cleveland Alexander in his major league debut and went on to hit a sparkling .322 as a rookie in 1924. He never again hit higher than .296, which is pretty unusual. But he was a fantastic little second baseman, and his defensive statistics in his prime are eye-popping. He scampered all over the infield to get to the baseball. When he was 32 years old and playing for Bill Terry and the Giants, Critz led the National League in defensive range. He had a few more years like that after the age of 30. He only weighed 140 pounds but he was really quick and got a great jump on the ball. He was a good enough fielder that in 1926 when he hit .270 with three home runs, the baseball writers placed him second in MVP voting.

primary position

Second Base

primary team

Cincinnati Reds

playing career

1924—1935

nickname

Born

September 17, 1900, in Starkville, MS

died

January 10, 1980, in Greenwood, MS, USA

bats / throws

Right / Right

height / weight

5-8 / 147
Average HOF 2B
Hitting
30
Power
30
Running
50
Fielding
80
Throwing
70
*The Scouting Grades are based on performance in the Major Leagues, not predictive skills typically placed on prospects.
SCOUTING SCALE
80 = Elite
70 = Excellent
60 = Above Average
50 = MLB Average
40 = Below Average
30 = Inferior
20 = Poor
Critz had his first two hits off Alexander, the future Hall of Famer
UNIFORM NUMBER
Not in our database
BATTING ORDER
Not in our database
MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT
5-31-1924
FINAL GAME
9-27-1935
CAREER AGE
23-34
MEMBER OF WORLD CHAMPIONS
1933
WAR
Win Shares

WAR

15.1

career value

WAR7

17.0

long peak

WAR5C

12.3

prime

WAR3

10.2

short peak
Average HOF 2B

69.5

Career Wins Above Replacement
Average HOF 2B

44.3

war in best 7 seasons
Average HOF 2B

32.2

war in best 5 consecutive
Average HOF 2B

22.1

WAR in best 3 seasons

WIN SHARES

142.8

career value

WIN shares 7

108.2

long peak

Win SHares 5C

NA

prime

Win SHares 3

54.2

short peak
Average HOF 2B

352.5

Career Win Shares
Average HOF 2B

203.1

Win SHares In best 7 seasons
Average HOF 2B

143.5

Win shares in best 5 consecutive
Average HOF 2B

97.5

Win Shares in best 3 seasons

Position

NR

Second Base

ERA AT HIS POSITION

#10

1924—1935

All-Time

NR

POsition Players
#83
BILL JAMES POSITION
UNRANKED
BILL JAMES TOP 100
#145
HALL OF STATS POSITION
UNRANKED
JOE POSNANSKI TOP 100
UNRANKED
JAWS POSITION
UNRANKED
JAWS TOP 100
.268
Batting Average
.303
On-Base Percentage
.352
Slugging Percentage
4
home runs per season
11
Stolen Bases per season