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THE WAR ROOM: FRAZIER HITTING WELL IN HIGH-A (6.8.15)

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 Clint Frazier playing well, especially for his age, in High-A, Jesus Aguilar’s continued troubles, 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, June 6.

It is not always the most outwardly impressive, but given his high prospect standing the context of his age and level, outfielder Clint Frazier is once again putting up very good numbers. As a 20-year-old in High-A, Frazier is young for his level, yet the outfielder is still posting an above-average 1.2 average-defense WAR through 53 games. The swing and miss remains in Frazier’s game (23.3% strikeout rate, 123 K%+), but the outfielder’s prodigious power has not fully manifested in 2015 (.153 isolated power, 135 ISO+) and he is still putting up good numbers. Sure, Frazier still needs to work on making more contact to allow his power to come out, but given he is already getting results despite being so young, the future still looks bright. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 8, 2015

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AROUND THE FARM: JUNE 7, 2015 (6.8.15)

Yandy Diaz’s first home run of the year highlights the night on the farm.

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.

SCOREBOARD

R H E R H E
Columbus 4 14 1 Akron 2 8 0
Toledo 3 8 0 New Britain 6 12 0
Box Score Box Score
R H E R H E
Winston-Salem 7 13 0 Lake County 2 7 0
Lynchburg 9 15 1 Beloit 5 10 1
Box Score Box Score

HIGHLIGHTS

Yandy Diaz (3B, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI. Even more than extending his hitting streak to nine games, Sunday was an important day for Diaz in that he launched the first home run of his Double-A career. Getting on-base and spraying hits around the diamond has not been Diaz’s issue to date in his professional career, but while a .394 on-base percentage is impressive and will play well, the fact that the third baseman is only at five extra base hits and a .041 isolated power through 53 games continues to hold him back. Diaz’s on-base ability and strikeout avoidance (26:31 SO:BB) is great, but at some point, there will need to be some more power like Sunday. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 8, 2015

 
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THE WAR ROOM: ANDERSON’S RESURGENCE CONTINUES (6.1.15)

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 Cody Anderson’s 2015 resurgence, James Ramsey finding his stride in Columbus, 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, May 30.

It has reached the point where right-handed starter Cody Anderson’s struggles in 2014 seem to be the exception, not the rule, as he has come out firing on all cylinders this season. Though Anderson’s 1.56 ERA (41 ERA-) and 2.4 RA-based WAR in 52.0 innings are both not likely to be sustainable, the right-hander’s 3.05 FIP (80 FIP-) and 1.2 FIP-based WAR are both All-Star caliber performances. Continuing to gain consistency will be a key for Anderson over the rest of 2015, but provided he can keeping getting the ball over the plate (4.5% walk rate, 54 BB%+) and can maybe find a few more strikeouts (17.8% strikeout rate, 98 K%+), the right-hander looks ready to regain his top prospect standing and impact the major league team before too long. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 1, 2015

 
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AROUND THE FARM: MAY 31, 2015 (6.1.15)

Brown’s career-high in innings highlights a rain-soaked Sunday where only Lynchburg got a game in.

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.

SCOREBOARD

R H E
Lynchburg 9 8 0
Frederick 1 4 1
Box Score

HIGHLIGHTS

D.J. Brown (SP, Lynchburg): W (3-2), 7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP. Brown stood out on this rain-soaked Sunday, going a career-high 7.2 innings and only allowing one run on a solo home run. There were not many strikeouts, but a pitcher only allows four hits and no walks, he is going to do quite well. Brown had been pitching in slightly shorter stints out of the bullpen — more between three and five innings as the back-end of a piggyback — but with his strong 3.95 ERA and 32:6 SO:BB in 43.1 innings, the right-hander may get a chance to keep this going. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 1, 2015

 
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RANKING THE 2015 ROSTER AFTER 40 GAMES, PT. 2 (5.26.15)

Cleveland started yet another season slowly, but as we hit the 40-game mark and reach Memorial Day, the franchise has started creeping its way back toward .500 and playoff contention. With about a quarter of the season in the books, it is once again time to rank every player who has donned the Cleveland uniform in 2015.

Cleveland started yet another season slowly, but as we hit the 40-game mark and reach Memorial Day, the franchise has started creeping its way back toward .500 and playoff contention. With about a quarter of the season in the books, it is once again time to rank every player who has donned the Cleveland uniform in 2015.

The rankings are based on performance and playing time, as there is value in putting up strong numbers and on being trusted by Terry Francona and company to be on the field.

Part one ran yesterday, with part two coming up right now.

All stats updated through Friday, May 22.

#15 RYAN WEBB, RHP (PREVIOUS RANK: NR)

Despite having quite a bit of right-handed relief pitching available in the minors, the organization chose to give Webb a shot in the majors. Though his peripherals preach patience, Webb’s low ERA so far has been a welcome addition for a bullpen that has largely struggled. It may not be sustainable, but Webb’s performance was sorely needed.

#14 CODY ALLEN, RHP (PREVIOUS RANK: 11)

Though his ERA is not all that great, the good news for Allen going forward is his peripherals do not think he has pitched quite this badly. Of course, there are also some signs of concern for Allen — mainly that he should reasonably expect a few more balls to leave the park over the rest of the season — which is a big reason the franchise should be looking for relief help if the team manages to climb back into legitimate contention. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, May 26, 2015

 
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THE WAR ROOM: ZIMMER STILL PLAYING LIKE TROUT (5.25.15)

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 Bradley Zimmer’s continued Mike Trout impression, Adam Plutko’s dominance of the Carolina League, 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, 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

 
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RANKING THE 2015 ROSTER AFTER 40 GAMES, PT. 1 (5.25.15)

Cleveland started yet another season slowly, but as we hit the 40-game mark and reach Memorial Day, the franchise has started creeping its way back toward .500 and playoff contention. With about a quarter of the season in the books, it is once again time to rank every player who has donned the Cleveland uniform in 2015.

The rankings are based on performance and playing time, as there is value in putting up strong numbers and on being trusted by Terry Francona and company to be on the field.

Part one is running today, with part two to come tomorrow.

All stats updated through Friday, May 22.

#34 T.J. HOUSE, LHP (PREVIOUS RANK: 14)

After impressing in the second half of 2014, House reminded us of the need for larger sample sizes before declaring players fully major league-ready. The left-hander should not be expected to continue walking nearly a batter per inning and allowing one out of every five fly balls to leave the park, but House will need to get back on track before being trusted with a major league rotation spot.

#33 BRUCE CHEN, LHP (PREVIOUS RANK: NR)

The last spot in Cleveland’s rotation has been unsettled essentially all year, with pitchers like Chen taking a crack at filling it. Chen’s brief major league time did not go very well, and after being designated for assignment, the left-hander elected to hang it up as opposed to attempting to make it back to the majors. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, May 25, 2015

 
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