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2015 IBI PREVIEW CAPSULES: 2B/SS JOSE RAMIREZ (2.19.15)

Welcome to the 2015 IBI preview capsules! In order to prepare for the upcoming season, IBI will have a preview capsule running for every player on the 40-man roster and selected non-roster invites. To mix things up, we will be running these roughly in alphabetical order. Next up is second baseman/shortstop Jose Ramirez.

Jose Ramirez, 2B/SS

Bats: Switch — Throws: Right — Entering his age-22 season — Contract: Pre-arbitration Player (under team control through 2020, on track for arbitration eligibility in 2018)

2014 Overview: The 2014 season proved to be a big one for Ramirez, as the switch-hitter put up impressive offensive numbers in Columbus, followed by establishing himself as the starting shortstop in Cleveland. Though he may not hold on to the job for long with Francisco Lindor coming on quick, Ramirez established himself as someone who just might be able to handle playing shortstop at the major league level. Ramirez only has 83 major league games under his belt, but as of right now, the middle infielder looks to be a solid player at the very least. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, February 19, 2015

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2015 IBI PREVIEW CAPSULES: OF RYAN RABURN (2.18.15)

Welcome to the 2015 IBI preview capsules! In order to prepare for the upcoming season, IBI will have a preview capsule running for every player on the 40-man roster and selected non-roster invites. To mix things up, we will be running these roughly in alphabetical order. Next up is outfielder Ryan Raburn.

Ryan Raburn, OF

Bats: Right — Throws: Right — Entering his age-34 season — Contract: $2.5 million in 2015 (team option for $3.0 million in 2016)

2014 Overview: If there was an award for the most inconsistent player in baseball, at this point, it would be hard for Raburn not to win it. After bouncing back in a big way in 2013 during his first year in Cleveland, Raburn came crashing back down last year, finishing as one of the worst players in baseball. As such, it is hard to predict what Raburn will bring to the team in 2015. He could easily be a black hole, a surprisingly effective bench piece, or somewhere in between, but really, who knows? Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, February 18, 2015

 
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2015 IBI PREVIEW CAPSULES: RHP BRYAN PRICE (2.17.15)

Welcome to the 2015 IBI preview capsules! In order to prepare for the upcoming season, IBI will have a preview capsule running for every player on the 40-man roster and selected non-roster invites. To mix things up, we will be running these roughly in alphabetical order. Next up is right-handed reliever Bryan Price.

Bryan Price, RHP

Throws: Right — Bats: Right — Entering his age-28 season — Contract: Non-roster invitee to spring training

2014 Overview: Price has pitched quite well out of the bullpen in the minors since coming into the organization in the Victor Martinez trade in July 2009, but injuries and right-handed relief depth have kept him from truly establishing himself as a major league reliever to date. The right-hander did make his major league debut in 2014 — struggling in 2.2 innings in September — and was removed from the 40-man roster in the offseason. Yet, there is still hope for Price despite his recent setbacks. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, February 17, 2015

 
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THE WAR ROOM: PERFORMANCE-BASED RANKS #10-#1 (2.16.15)

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 and the seasons in review finished, The WAR Room moves to ranking the top-100 prospects in 2014 based on performance. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down the final installment of the rankings, which is topped by a pair of familiar names.

Over the past months, IBI rolled out the year-end rankings for every minor league affiliate in the Cleveland system. Next up, we will be running down the top-100 performers based on those WAR rankings, albeit with a slight twist.

Simply ranking each player based on the raw numbers would have some value, but not nearly as much as when the stats are adjusted for how old the prospect was compared to his minor league level. For example, older prospects like Anthony Gallas, who did well at 26 years old in High-A and Double-A, are downgraded, while younger prospects like Francisco Lindor, who did well at 20 years old Double-A and Triple-A, are upgraded (as if Lindor needed anymore help).

Naturally, if Gallas — or anyone else in his situation — continues to hit like he did in 2014, it will not matter that he was old for his level, and vice versa for young prospects. But overall, accounting for a player’s age relative to level is critically important for judging a prospect’s performance.

Before moving on to the honorable mentions of The WAR Room’s performance-based rankings, first some reminders on what these numbers are, their uses, and their limitations:

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).

Additionally, 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.

The 2014 year-end season in review for every affiliate is listed below:

And here are the previous editions of these rankings:

Now, on to the part ten of the rankings:

#10 Tyler Holt, OF

Name Lvl Age PA OPS OPS+ ISO ISO+ K% K%+ BB% BB%+
Tyler Holt AAA 25 272 0.817 113 0.093 70 16.5% 85 14.3% 162
Tyler Holt AA 25 156 0.762 106 0.048 37 16.7% 88 17.3% 212

The 2014 season started for Holt in Double-A yet again — the third consecutive year the outfielder spent time in Akron — but it ended for him in Cleveland. Holt sneaks into the top 10 in these ranks thanks to an ability to limit his strikeouts and rack up a ton of walks, both in Double-A (16.7% strikeout rate, 88 K%+; 17.3% walk rate, 212 BB%+) and Triple-A (16.5% strikeout rate, 85 K%+; 14.3% walk rate, 162 BB%+). Power is never going to be a big part of Holt’s game — even in hitter-friendly Huntington Park, his .093 isolated power (70 ISO+) was below-average — but the soon-to-be 26-year-old was still an above-average contributor on offense thanks to those walks. Holt ran some high BABIPs in 2014 that may fall in the future, but thanks to his strong plate discipline and defense, the outfielder should be at least a fourth outfielder in Cleveland in short order. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, February 16, 2015

 
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2015 IBI PREVIEW CAPSULES: C ROBERTO PEREZ (2.16.15)

Welcome to the 2015 IBI preview capsules! In order to prepare for the upcoming season, IBI will have a preview capsule running for every player on the 40-man roster and selected non-roster invites. To mix things up, we will be running these roughly in alphabetical order. Next up is catcher Roberto Perez.

Roberto Perez, C

Bats: Right — Throws: Right — Entering his age-26 season — Contract: Pre-arbitration Player (under team control through 2020, on track for arbitration eligibility in 2018)

2014 Overview: Perez had a big season in 2014, finally hitting enough to allow his plus defense to shine. In addition to tearing up the International League — posting a .305/.405/.517 line in 209 Triple-A plate appearances — Perez was roughly league-average offensively in 95 major league plate appearances, giving him real value in a short amount of time. Yan Gomes is still the starter, but right now, it looks like Perez will be a valuable backup option in 2015. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, February 16, 2015

 
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2015 IBI PREVIEW CAPSULES: OF TYLER NAQUIN (2.15.15)

Welcome to the 2015 IBI preview capsules! In order to prepare for the upcoming season, IBI will have a preview capsule running for every player on the 40-man roster and selected non-roster invites. To mix things up, we will be running these roughly in alphabetical order. Next up is outfielder Tyler Naquin.

Tyler Naquin, OF

Bats: Left — Throws: Right — Entering his age-24 season — Contract: Non-roster invitee to spring training

2014 Overview: Before his season ended early due to a broken hand suffered when he was hit by a pitch on June 27, Naquin was putting up decent numbers in Double-A. Though the outfielder was helped a decent amount by luck on balls in play (.389 BABIP), his .313/.371/.424 line in 341 Double-A plate appearances was enough to dream on. Naquin will need to repeat his success in half of a Double-A season last year in order to keep climbing the ladder, though given he has hit at every level so far, that may be within reach for the 2012 first round pick. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, February 15, 2015

 
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2015 IBI PREVIEW CAPSULES: OF DAVID MURPHY (2.14.15)

Welcome to the 2015 IBI preview capsules! In order to prepare for the upcoming season, IBI will have a preview capsule running for every player on the 40-man roster and selected non-roster invites. To mix things up, we will be running these roughly in alphabetical order. Next up is outfielder David Murphy.

David Murphy, OF

Bats: Left — Throws: Left — Entering his age-33 season — Contract: $6.5 million in 2015 (team option for $7.0 million in 2016)

2014 Overview: Murphy’s first season in Cleveland actually saw his offense bounce back from his 2013 slump, with the outfielder’s .262/.319/.385 line in 462 plate appearances coming in right at the league average. However, Murphy’s issues defensively brought him all the way down to replacement level in 2014, raising questions as to whether or not the outfielder can add real value to the team this season. Cleveland’s outfield is crowded, but Murphy’s guaranteed contract may get him another chance. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, February 14, 2015

 
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