The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons coming to an end, today we start bringing you seasons in review, starting with the 2014 Carolina Mudcats. This week we will focus on the Mudcats’ hitters before moving to the Lake County Captains next week.
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 2014 Carolina Mudcats hitters. Next week we will move to the Lake County Captains. For the full stats, go ahead and click here.
Though injury cut catcher Jeremy Lucas’ season a little short, he still managed to lead Mudcats position players in average-defense WAR with 3.0. In addition to getting a bump from spending so much behind the plate, Lucas also added value with his power (.175 isolated power, 142 ISO+) and plate discipline (15.7 percent strikeout rate, 80 K%+; 11.8 percent walk rate, 137 BB%+). Nothing about Lucas’ 2014 season sticks out as wildly unsustainable, yielding hope the 23-year-old will be able to replicate it in 2015. Lucas still needs work on being better defensively behind the plate and is a little old to have not yet logged significant time in Double-A, but this season is encouraging nonetheless. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, September 14, 2014