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THE WAR ROOM: CHANG, BAKER COME OUT STRONG (4.13.15)

11 Jun

The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2015 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. Though it is still early in the season, there are some interesting trends to watch and monitor as the season goes on. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Yu-Cheng Chang’s red-hot start in Lake County, Dylan Baker continuing to impress in first outings, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.

As always, just like with scouting, it is always important to keep context in mind with these stats. 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.

For the full stats, go ahead and click here. Stats are updated through Saturday, April 11.

Apparently right-hander Dylan Baker has a flair for pitching in his first outing of the season. After going 18-up, 18-down in his first start of 2014, Baker threw five no-hit innings with a 56.3% strikeout rate (271 K%+) in his first start of this year, picking up where he left off when healthy in High-A. A freak injury last year derailed Baker — he broke his ankle while running to the mound of his second start last year — but provided fate does not play the right-hander a cruel joke again in 2015, Baker seems ready to conquer High-A and take a shot at Double-A later this year. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, April 13, 2015

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Posted by on June 11, 2015 in ZZA. April 2015

 

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