The WAR Room: 2014 Akron pitchers season in review (10.5.14)

11 Oct

The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today’s featuring the 2014 Akron RubberDucks pitchers.

The list of previous season in reviews are below:

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 begin our look at the Akron RubberDucks with the pitchers before moving to the hitters next week. For the full stats, go ahead and click here.

Notable Starters

Though some shoulder soreness took some of the helium out of right-hander Joe Colon’s season, the end result is still a positive one for the 24-year-old. In addition to putting up 1.8 FIP-based WAR and 3.3 RA-based WAR in 138.0 innings, Colon also set a career high in innings pitched. Injuries have held Colon back in the past, but despite a bit of a flare-up in 2014, jumping from 92.0 to 138.0 innings is a big 50 percent jump. Colon will need to keep improving his peripherals (16.6 percent strikeout rate, 87 K%+; 9.5 percent walk rate, 116 BB%+), but the right-hander’s health is the most important thing. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, October 5, 2014

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