The WAR Room: Lindor, Gonzalez adjusting well to new levels (8.3.14)

29 Aug

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.

Plus, I did a special edition of The WAR Room on Friday, breaking down Cleveland’s newest additions, James Ramsey and Zach Walters. If you want to know exactly what Cleveland acquired at the trade deadline, go check that piece out.

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. Stats are updated through Friday, August 1.

Well, there is only so much that 10 games at Triple-A can tell us, but let’s check in on shortstop Francisco Lindor anyway. Lindor currently owns 0.3 great-defense WAR in those 10 games, a solidly All-Star pace in his first exposure to Triple-A. Interestingly, Lindor’s plate discipline shifted, as his low-strikeout, high-walk combination from Double-A has not fully translated to Columbus (19.6 percent strikeout rate, 101 K%+; 8.7 percent walk rate, 98 BB%+), though of course, it is way too early to say that is a real problem. But most importantly, Lindor is not only holding his own in Columbus through a week and a half, he is excelling. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, August 3, 2014

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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in ZS. August 2014


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