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.
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. Stats are updated through Friday, July 4.
A pair of injuries decimated the top prospect appeal in Akron, with center fielder Tyler Naquin (broken hand) and second baseman Joey Wendle (broken hamate) out for the foreseeable future, if not the rest of the season. As it is, Naquin exits while leading the RubberDucks with a 2.7 great-defense WAR in 76 games. Some of that offensive value is coming from his .389 BABIP (126 BABIP+), but the center fielder also got his strikeout issues under control. After starting the season striking out too frequently, Naquin had his strikeout all the way down to 20.8 percent (111 K%+) at the time of his injury. When combined with his solid 8.5 percent walk rate (101 BB%+) and great defense in center field, Naquin really answered a lot of the questions surrounding his future; now he just needs to continue it when he is healthy again. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, July 6, 2014