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The WAR Room: McAllister dominating in Columbus (6.29.14)

The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the hitters last week, today we focus on the 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.

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 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 look at the pitchers throughout the system. Next week we will do the hitters. For the full stats, go ahead and click here. Stats are updated through Friday, June 28.

 

Through 24.1 innings in Triple-A, right-hander Zach McAllister is putting up some impressive numbers, looking the part of a major-league caliber starter pitching in the International League, posting a 1.48 ERA (37 ERA-) and 1.3 RA-based WAR. That low ERA is probably not entirely sustainable, however, and McAllister’s 3.38 FIP (85 FIP-) and 0.5 FIP-based WAR are likely a better indication of how he is pitching. A below-average .254 BABIP (84 BABIP+) and extremely high 94.3 percent strand rate (132 LOB%+) are holding down McAllister’s ERA, but it is not like the right-hander is pitching terribly by FIP’s standards. McAllister is throwing strikes (5.3 percent walk rate, 58 BB%+) and looks ready to rejoin the major league rotation in the near future. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 29, 2014

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Posted by on August 1, 2014 in ZQ. June 2014

 

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Around the Farm: June 26, 2014 (6.27.14)

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

Ronny Rodriguez (3B, Akron): 4-for-4, 2 R

If Rodriguez’s bad month had come in July, following a solid three-month span to start the season, it is possible his slump would not have garnered as much attention. But since Rodriguez’s bad results came in April, they were quite noticeable for many. Yet, if we go month-by-month:

April: .130/.183/.148 line, .331 OPS, 12:4 SO:BB in 15 games

May: .269/.304/.471 line, .775 OPS, 18:5 SO:BB in 28 games

June: .299/.333/.390 line, .723 OPS, 17:4 SO:BB in 21 games

That April is just bad, yet Rodriguez started hitting and got his power back in May and June. Rodriguez was always a toolsy player and far from a finished product, and right now, he is showing those tools. Overall, Rodriguez is improving his approach, likely has a little more positive regression coming as his .287 BABIP continues to stabilize, and owns a nice Eastern League-average .123 isolated power on the season. At 22 years old, Rodriguez is still advanced for his age and, outside of one bad month, is not having a terrible 2014 season. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 27, 2014

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2014 in ZQ. June 2014

 

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Around the Farm: June 25, 2014 (6.26.14)

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 1-for-1, 1 2B

Lindor started the game strong — keeping his weight back and lining an opposite-field double over the left fielder’s head — but left the game in the third inning after a bad hop on a grounder bounced up and hit him in the face. After the game, Akron manager Dave Wallace said Lindor was getting X-rays and a possibly a CT scan, with the early word being the ball caught more of Lindor’s nose than his eye. Though a nose injury could be troublesome, the bigger worry would have been a fractured orbital bone. Wallace does not believe it will be a similar situation to Jake Lowery’s — who missed seven weeks earlier in the season after being hit in the eye by a pitch — though he was still in wait and see mode and had not heard back on Lindor’s official status yet. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 26, 2014

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in ZQ. June 2014

 

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Coaches Corner ’14: Akron hitting coach Rouglas Odor (6.25.14)

In today’s Coach’s Corner, Jim Piascik brings you his recent Q&A with Double-A Akron RubberDucks hitting coach Rouglas Odor.

This is a regular in-season and off-season premium piece on the site where Tony Lastoria or I sit down with a coach in the Cleveland minor league system and really break down and discuss several players on the roster and talk about some of the philosophies surrounding the development of players.

In my talk with Odor, we discussed Tyler Naquin’s recent hot streak and the adjustments that made it happen, what work Francisco Lindor still has to do at the plate to become a finished product, Bryson Myles’ recent surgery, his timeline for recovery, and what was working well for him pre-injury, what Jordan Smith needs to do to turn his season around, and much more.

As always, these pieces are in a Q&A format in order to provide the raw, uncut comments from the manager or coach.

Q: So to start off, the hottest hitter it seems right now is Tyler Naquin. What have you seen out of him, especially since he started off a little slower? There was talk of making some adjustments, so what’s he been doing to find this hot streak?

Rouglas Odor (RO): The ability to make adjustments at the plate and the ability to understand that the game is about handling adversity and he’s been handling it pretty good. He went through a rough time early in the year, the first couple of weeks, and since then, he’s been taking a lot of good quality at bats, his routine has been unbelievable. He gets into the cage, he’s locked in right now doing exactly the same thing day-in and day-out. He takes it into batting practice and is ready for the game. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 25, 2014

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2014 in ZQ. June 2014

 

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The WAR Room: Aguilar, Ramirez stay hot in Columbus (6.22.14)

The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters.

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, 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 — 2.0 WAR per 162 games is average, and 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 look at the hitters throughout the system. Next week we will do the pitchers. For the full stats, go ahead and click here. Stats are updated through Friday, June 20. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June, 22, 2014

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2014 in ZQ. June 2014

 

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Around the Farm: June 19, 2014 (6.20.14)

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. 

Will Roberts (SP, Akron): W (7-7), 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 1 HBP

Roberts’ longest and best outing on the season is the headline of Thursday’s Around the Farm, but really this performance should bring some light to the rest of the right-hander’s solid 2014. The 23-year-old does not have an outing under five innings, and while he does not strike out a ton of batters, Roberts’ 3.67 ERA and 63:20 SO:BB in 83.1 innings is not bad at all. Roberts does not profile as a front-of-the-rotation starter, but the right-hander does have decent stuff and is showing the ability to harness it. After spending most of 2013 in Double-A, Roberts has thrown 217.1 innings with Akron in his career. Given that mark and Roberts’ performance to date, a push to Columbus once some spots open up would not seem outrageous. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 20, 2014

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2014 in ZQ. June 2014

 

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Around the Farm: June 18, 2014 (6.19.14)

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

Note that Carolina and Lake County were off on Wednesday. Plus, Mahoning Valley was rained out and Columbus’ game was suspended in the fourth inning.

Anthony Gallas (LF, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO

Gallas hit his second home run in seven Double-A games Wednesday night, giving him six extra base hits in those games. The outfielder has hits in six of those seven games as he has dominated in his first real exposure to Double-A. Gallas’ surge does not come without some worry — the outfielder has six strikeouts and no walks after posting a 52:17 SO:BB in 58 High-A games — but right now he is simply hitting the ball well. The outfielder is still an older prospect without as much pedigree, but even after getting the call to Akron, Gallas is continuing to hit for power and stuff the box score. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 19, 2014

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2014 in ZQ. June 2014

 

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