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.
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.
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, July 25.
As a second round pick in 2012, there are pretty high expectations for right-hander Mitch Brown‘s career. Though things have been rough for Brown to date, in his second full professional season, the right-hander owns an average 1.3 FIP-based WAR and 1.0 RA-based WAR in 104.0 innings. Brown is still working to rein in his 10.9 percent walk rate (128 BB%+), but the right-hander is getting a decent amount of strikeouts (20.9 percent strikeout rate, 102 K%+) and finding success at Low-A this time around. Not every prospect shoots up through the system or grows linearly and Brown’s progression this season is great to see. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, July 27, 2014