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 Lake County Captains. After focusing on the Captains’ pitchers last week, this week we focus on their hitters, including Eric Haase, Nellie Rodriguez, and Clint Frazier.
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 Lake County Captains Next week we will move to the Akron RubberDucks. For the full stats, go ahead and click here.
It took a little longer than expected, but catcher Eric Haase’s 2.7 poor-defense WAR in 77 games eventually earned him a late-season look in Carolina. Haase is still striking out quite a bit (25.6 percent strikeout rate, 122 K%+), but pairing an average 8.5 percent walk rate (103 BB%+) with amazing power (.243 isolated power, 205 ISO+) more than made up for the whiffs. The 21-year-old is still far from a finished product and is still improving his defense behind the plate, but right now, it looks like his bat will play going forward. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, September 28, 2014