Last year I tried to quantify who the greatest "all-around" players were. I tried to take into account hitting for power, hitting for average, speed and defense (I so far have not broken down defense into catching and throwing).
I used various formulas and tried to have everything adjusted for the league average and park effects (where possible). Besides a simple score of "all-aroundness," I also tried to calculate one that was "above replacement." That allows longevity to play a role. Below are the three posts I did on this. The last one is the best attempt, I think.
In Part 3, Walker had the 87th best "all-around" score out of 913 players with 5000+ PAs through 2011. Above replacement, he is 96th. So he is around being in the top 10%. He did have alot of assists, so if I could break down defense into catching and throwing, he might do a bit better.
If you think being an "all-around player" matters, perhaps this would make you want to vote for Walker more. That might be a reasonable argument. Maybe the "all-around" players are more likely to excel no matter what the circumstances or playing conditions.
So here are the links
Who Was The Greatest "All-Around" Player Ever? Another Quantitative Attempt
Who Was The Greatest "All-Around" Player Ever? Another Quantitative Attempt (Part 2)
Who Was The Greatest "All-Around" Player Ever? Another Quantitative Attempt (Part 3)