The WAR Room: Merritt continues to dominate in Carolina (6.15.14)

25 Jun

The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the hitters last week, today we focus on the pitchers. It is still early enough that there is some noise in the numbers, but at this point in the season, we are starting to see some interesting trends emerge.

Of course, it is always important to keep context in mind, just like with scouting. A pitcher who is old for his level using that experience to succeed against young, inexperienced hitters must be taken with a grain of salt; the same goes when looking at these WAR totals.

But it is a useful tool to put each player’s performance into context and look at where they sit in regard to the rest of the league.

For reference on how I computed WAR, a reminder on the problems inherent in the stats, and everything else you need to know, click here. For a refresher on WAR and what it is, click here.

As a reminder, a 0.0 WAR per 162 games is replacement level — otherwise known as the kind of performance an average player from the level below could offer — a 2.0 WAR per 162 games is average, and a 5.0 WAR per 162 games is All-Star level.

Also note that pitchers have FIP-based WAR — which is based on peripherals like strikeouts, walks, home runs, etc. — and RA-based WAR — which is based on runs allowed.

One more thing, all “+” stats are averaged at 100. Anything over 100, like 110, is higher and means that player is 10 percent better than the league average. Anything under 100, like 90, is lower and means that player is 10 percent worse than the league average. In the case of any “-” stats — when lower is better, like with ERA — a 90 ERA- means that player is 10 percent better than the league average.

Today we look at the hitters throughout the system. Next week we will do the pitchers. For the full stats, go ahead and click here. Stats are updated through Friday, June 13.

With a 1.9 FIP-based WAR and a 3.4 RA-based WAR in 76.0 innings, left-hander Ryan Merritt continues to look like a pitcher in search of a bigger challenge. Though Merritt will likely stay in High-A a little bit longer to gain experience before heading to Akron, the left-hander mastered the command-control style at this level. Merritt is not a big strikeout guy, but a 5.4 percent walk rate (62 BB%+) is allowing the left-hander to find success. Some of that success is helped by a .252 BABIP (83 BABIP+) and 0.24 HR/9 (43 HR/9+), but even some regression on those fronts would leave Merritt with one of the best seasons for a pitcher in the organization. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 15, 2014

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Posted by on June 25, 2014 in ZQ. June 2014


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