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The WAR Room: 2014 AZL hitters season in review (11.23.14)

06 Dec

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 Arizona League hitters.

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, 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 finish our look at the Arizona League team with the hitters. Keep in mind that for the short season leagues, the projection of each player features heavily into the equation, not just the raw stats. For the full stats, go ahead and click here.

Drafting away from the middle of the field is not typical behavior for Cleveland, yet making the exception for first baseman Bobby Bradley worked out tremendously so far. Bradley won the MVP award in his draft year thanks in large part to his .290 isolated power (281 ISO+) and 2.4 average-defense WAR in 39 games. Much like any player putting up an 8.0-WAR pace in essentially one-fourth of a season, Bradley was aided by a .425 BABIP (131 BABIP+), but his power and plate discipline (20.5 percent strikeout rate, 89 K%+; 9.1 percent walk rate, 99 BB%+) are for real. Being a first baseman already means Bradley will have to hit a ton at every level, but one year in, the 18-year-old has gotten off on the right foot. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, November 23, 2014

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Posted by on December 6, 2014 in ZV. November 2014

 

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