An often repeated phrase surrounding Cleveland baseball over the past two decades regards how poor the organization has fared in the draft.
But exactly how bad has Cleveland been? And how do they stack up against the rest of baseball?
Those are the questions this series will seek to answer. Using a combination of Baseball-Reference and Baseball America’s respective draft databases, I compiled the total WAR of each draft pick and compared it to the expected value of the respective pick (as calculated using Sky Andrecheck’s 2009 findings). There is a difference between picking first and picking 30th, which is represented in this analysis (Andrecheck gives different formulas for high school and college draft picks as well as pitchers and hitters, but for our purposes, we will just be looking at the average value). Also, we will be also only judging teams based on the picks they signed since those are the ones who actually entered the system.
We are starting this series in 2004, since 10 years gives us a decent sample to judge the players in that draft class by. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, September 30, 2014