The WAR Room: McAllister dominating in Columbus (6.29.14)

01 Aug

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.

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 pitchers throughout the system. Next week we will do the hitters. For the full stats, go ahead and click here. Stats are updated through Friday, June 28.


Through 24.1 innings in Triple-A, right-hander Zach McAllister is putting up some impressive numbers, looking the part of a major-league caliber starter pitching in the International League, posting a 1.48 ERA (37 ERA-) and 1.3 RA-based WAR. That low ERA is probably not entirely sustainable, however, and McAllister’s 3.38 FIP (85 FIP-) and 0.5 FIP-based WAR are likely a better indication of how he is pitching. A below-average .254 BABIP (84 BABIP+) and extremely high 94.3 percent strand rate (132 LOB%+) are holding down McAllister’s ERA, but it is not like the right-hander is pitching terribly by FIP’s standards. McAllister is throwing strikes (5.3 percent walk rate, 58 BB%+) and looks ready to rejoin the major league rotation in the near future. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 29, 2014

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Posted by on August 1, 2014 in ZQ. June 2014


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