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.
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, May 23.
In the same way that Plutko is dominating on the mound, outfielder Bradley Zimmerhas been doing his best Mike Trout impression at the plate and in the field, putting up 2.3 average-defense WAR in just 42 games. As of yet, there has not been anything Zimmer cannot do, with the outfielder posting a .412 on-base percentage (130 OBP+), a .214 isolated power (196 ISO+), and a 12.1% walk rate (145 BB%+). Sure, there is a little swing and miss in his game (22.5% strikeout rate, 116 K%+), but given how hard Zimmer hits the ball, he can get away with a slightly elevated strikeout rate. Like Plutko, Zimmer should make his way to Akron shortly, as the 2014 first round pick has done nothing but rake and show that the lower levels of the minors hold no real challenge. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, May 25, 2015