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, April 25.
Bradley Zimmer continues to lead the Hillcats in WAR, but he is essentially tied with fellow outfielder Luigi Rodriguez. Though we are only 12 games into Rodriguez’s bounce back campaign, the early returns for the former top prospect have been simply tremendous. It is not a leap to say Rodriguez’s 1.129 OPS (171 OPS+) and 236 wRC+ are the best early season performance of anyone in the organization, and while we will need to see it happen over months and years, not just weeks, it is hard not to be encouraged. Beyond the insane batted ball luck (.462 BABIP, 157 BABIP+), Rodriguez has walked as much as he has struck out (16.3% strikeout rate, 89 K%+; 16.3% walk rate, 191 BB%+), hit for as much power as Zimmer and Bobby Bradley in the early going (.229 isolated power, 228 ISO+), and generally looks like someone ready to make waves throughout 2015. Read more…
From Indians Baseball Insider, April 27, 2015