The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters.
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, the lack of good defensive metrics for the minor leagues means we have to adjust for a range of defensive abilities. To account for this, I will give you each player’s WAR with a qualifier: either poor-defense WAR for a poor defender (-10 runs below-average per 162 games), average-defense WAR for an average defender (0 runs per 162 games), or great-defense WAR for a great defender (10 runs above-average per 162 games).
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. Since I am out of town this weekend, this week’s edition of The WAR Room is abbreviated and the stats are updated through Thursday, August 14.
Though outfielder James Ramsey‘s first few games in the organization were not the best, but the 24-year-old turned things around quite quickly. Through 13 games, Ramsey is already up to 0.6 average-defense WAR, an MVP-level pace that is encouraging in his first experience at Triple-A. Of course, Ramsey’s .424 BABIP (136 BABIP+) is not sustainable, but the 24-year-old is hitting the ball well enough that he should survive the regression. Though Ramsey is striking out at a high 27.6 percent rate (143 K%+), that can work when paired with a .235 isolated power (178 ISO+) and average 8.6 percent walk rate (97 BB%+). With so few games at the Triple-A level, Ramsey will likely need some more time before being major league ready, but as of right now, he looks like he could be a competent player in the very near-future. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, August 17, 2014