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 Columbus Clippers pitchers.
The list of previous season in reviews are below:
- The Carolina Mudcats hitters and pitchers
- The Lake County Captains hitters and pitchers
- The Akron RubberDucks hitters and pitchers
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 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 Columbus Clippers with the pitchers before moving to the hitters next week. For the full stats, go ahead and click here.
Though he only threw 69.0 innings in Triple-A, right-hander Zach McAllister made quite an impression. By putting up 1.9 FIP-based WAR and 2.8 RA-based WAR in that time, the 26-year-old showed an ability to pitch at an MVP level against Triple-A opposition. Given McAllister’s 5.23 ERA in 86.0 major league innings, his Triple-A dominance seems useless, but the right-hander pitched much better according to his peripherals. Combining McAllister’s Triple-A stats with his 3.45 FIP and 3.84 xFIP in the majors paints a picture of a pitcher primed to rebound in 2015. Cleveland’s starting rotation seems to be set without McAllister right now, but it would not surprise me to see him win a spot and turn some heads. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, October 19, 2014