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The WAR Room: Ramsey surging in Columbus

Cleveland's return for Justin Masterson playing well in his first exposure to Triple-A

The WAR Room: Ramsey surging in Columbus
The WAR Room (Graphic courtesy of Brittany Chay)
August 17, 2014
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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, 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 look at the hitters throughout the system. Next week we will do the pitchers. For the full stats, go ahead and click here. Since I am out of town this weekend, this week's edition of The WAR Room is abbreviated and the stats are updated through Thursday, August 14.

Columbus Clippers

Name Team Age G PA Poor D WAR WAR Great D WAR
Zach Walters Indians (AAA)/O 24 67 268 2.8 3.2 3.6
Roberto Perez Indians (AAA) 25 53 174 2.1 2.5 2.8
Jesus Aguilar Indians (AAA) 24 105 374 1.8 2.4 3.1
Giovanny Urshela Indians (AAA) 22 88 333 1.8 2.4 2.9
Tyler Holt Indians (AAA) 25 58 222 2.0 2.3 2.7
Jose Ramirez Indians (AAA) 21 60 245 1.2 1.6 2.0
Carlos Moncrief Indians (AAA) 25 116 422 0.6 1.4 2.1
Audy Ciriaco Indians (AAA) 27 98 324 0.7 1.3 1.9
Matt Carson Indians (AAA) 32 70 230 0.6 1.1 1.5
Luke Carlin Indians (AAA) 33 50 148 0.5 0.8 1.1
Elliot Johnson Indians (AAA) 30 73 271 0.2 0.7 1.1
James Ramsey Indians (AAA) 24 13 51 0.5 0.6 0.7
Ryan Rohlinger Indians (AAA) 30 80 275 0.1 0.6 1.1
Justin Sellers Indians (AAA) 28 88 304 0.0 0.5 1.0
Tim Fedroff Indians (AAA) 27 70 231 0.1 0.5 0.9
Dusty Brown Indians (AAA) 32 5 15 0.3 0.3 0.4
Adam Abraham Indians (AAA) 27 18 55 0.0 0.1 0.2
Todd Hankins Indians (AAA) 23 2 7 0.0 0.0 0.0
Jason Kipnis Indians (AAA) 27 3 9 -0.1 0.0 0.0
Francisco Lindor Indians (AAA) 20 22 96 -0.2 -0.1 0.1
Chris Wallace Indians (AAA) 26 15 44 -0.2 -0.1 0.0
Nyjer Morgan Indians (AAA) 33 15 60 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1
Michael Bourn Indians (AAA) 31 5 20 -0.3 -0.2 -0.2
David Cooper Indians (AAA) 27 40 143 -0.7 -0.4 -0.2
Bryan LaHair Indians (AAA) 31 10 35 -0.6 -0.5 -0.4

James Ramsey (Photo: MiLB)Though outfielder James Ramsey's first few games in the organization were not the best, but the 24-year-old turned things around quite quickly. Through 13 games, Ramsey is already up to 0.6 average-defense WAR, an MVP-level pace that is encouraging in his first experience at Triple-A. Of course, Ramsey's .424 BABIP (136 BABIP+) is not sustainable, but the 24-year-old is hitting the ball well enough that he should survive the regression. Though Ramsey is striking out at a high 27.6 percent rate (143 K%+), that can work when paired with a .235 isolated power (178 ISO+) and average 8.6 percent walk rate (97 BB%+). With so few games at the Triple-A level, Ramsey will likely need some more time before being major league ready, but as of right now, he looks like he could be a competent player in the very near-future.

Akron RubberDucks

Name Team Age G PA Poor D WAR WAR Great D WAR
Tyler Naquin Indians (AA) 23 76 304 1.7 2.2 2.7
Francisco Lindor Indians (AA) 20 88 342 1.6 2.2 2.7
Anthony Gallas Indians (AA) 26 57 219 1.7 2.0 2.4
Joe Wendle Indians (AA) 24 76 297 0.8 1.3 1.7
Erik Gonzalez Indians (AA) 22 23 97 0.9 1.0 1.2
Justin Toole Indians (AA) 27 65 189 0.5 0.9 1.3
Giovanny Urshela Indians (AA) 22 24 90 0.7 0.9 1.0
Tyler Holt Indians (AA) 25 39 124 0.6 0.8 1.1
Ollie Linton Indians (AA) 28 34 100 0.6 0.8 1.0
Tony Wolters Indians (AA) 22 94 341 0.1 0.7 1.2
Bryson Myles Indians (AA) 24 69 251 0.2 0.6 1.0
Alex Lavisky Indians (AA) 23 56 200 0.2 0.5 0.9
Jaime Pedroza Indians (AA) 27 7 21 0.3 0.4 0.4
Bryan LaHair Indians (AA) 31 88 317 -0.3 0.2 0.7
Nick Swisher Indians (AA) 33 2 6 0.1 0.1 0.1
Cody Ferrell Indians (AA) 24 5 13 0.1 0.1 0.2
Adam Abraham Indians (AA) 27 29 108 -0.1 0.0 0.2
Charlie Valerio Indians (AA) 23 9 27 -0.1 -0.1 0.0
Jason Giambi Indians (AA) 43 3 8 -0.2 -0.1 -0.1
Jake Lowery Indians (AA) 23 59 197 -0.6 -0.2 0.2
Michael Bourn Indians (AA) 31 6 23 -0.3 -0.3 -0.2
Tim Fedroff Indians (AA) 27 24 94 -0.5 -0.3 -0.2
Jerrud Sabourin Indians (AA) 24 12 33 -0.5 -0.4 -0.4
Ronny Rodriguez Indians (AA) 22 106 375 -1.1 -0.4 0.2
Jordan Smith Indians (AA) 23 112 411 -1.2 -0.5 0.2

Jordan Smith (Photo: MiLB)Though 2014 has shaped up to be a season to forget for outfielder Jordan Smith, given the way it started, his 0.2 great-defense WAR in 112 games is actually an encouraging sign. Smith was ice-cold at the outset of his Double-A career, but the 23-year-old has been digging out of that hole since, leaving room for encouragement heading into 2015. Despite seeing his plate discipline crater at the beginning of the season, Smith's season numbers are actually looking pretty solid (16.0 percent strikeout rate, 85 K%+; 6.3 percent walk rate, 77 BB%+). Naturally walking a bit more while finally figuring out how to tap into his power potential (.083 ISO, 63 ISO+) would be ideal, but as it stands, Smith is playing much better and is still someone with the pedigree to recover long-term from the way this season started.

Carolina Mudcats

Name Team Age G PA Poor D WAR WAR Great D WAR
Jeremy Lucas Indians (A+) 23 101 378 2.3 2.9 3.6
Yhoxian Medina Indians (A+) 24 82 314 1.3 1.8 2.3
Erik Gonzalez Indians (A+) 22 74 308 1.4 1.8 2.3
Todd Hankins Indians (A+) 23 88 349 1.2 1.8 2.3
Jerrud Sabourin Indians (A+) 24 81 290 0.9 1.4 1.9
LeVon Washington Indians (A+) 22 60 222 1.0 1.4 1.8
Yandy Diaz Indians (A+) 22 60 225 0.9 1.3 1.6
Anthony Gallas Indians (A+) 26 58 221 0.9 1.2 1.6
Alex Monsalve Indians (A+) 22 83 318 0.3 0.8 1.3
Luigi Rodriguez Indians (A+) 21 85 295 0.2 0.7 1.3
Joe Sever Indians (A+) 23 57 215 0.4 0.7 1.1
James Roberts Indians (A+) 22 101 350 0.0 0.6 1.2
Ollie Linton Indians (A+) 28 23 75 0.4 0.6 0.7
Logan Vick Indians (A+) 23 65 210 0.1 0.5 0.9
Charlie Valerio Indians (A+) 23 17 53 0.1 0.2 0.3
Torsten Boss Indians (A+)/O 23 30 105 -0.2 0.0 0.2
Eric Haase Indians (A+) 21 1 4 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Cody Ferrell Indians (A+) 24 6 8 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Ryan Battaglia Indians (A+) 22 25 69 -0.3 -0.2 0.0

Jeremy Lucas (Photo: MiLB)Eric Haase finally got the call to Carolina in the last week, thanks in part to catcher Jeremy Lucas going on the disabled list. Though Haase deserves the shot, seeing it come at the expense of Lucas is unfortunate, as the 23-year-old has played quite well this season. Lucas' 2.9 average-defense WAR in 101 games has done wonders for establishing him as an interesting guy to follow. Catchers with a .175 isolated power (141 ISO+), 15.7 percent strikeout rate (80 K%+), 11.8 percent walk rate (138 BB%+), and 128 wRC+ do not come around all that often, making Lucas an interesting player to watch going forward. Haase may be a high priority prospect in Carolina, but once Lucas is healthy, he will be in a lineup, whether it is in Carolina or Akron.

Lake County Captains

Name Team Age G PA Poor D WAR WAR Great D WAR
Eric Haase Indians (A) 21 77 296 2.7 3.1 3.6
Paul Hendrix Indians (A) 22 99 348 2.3 2.9 3.5
Clint Frazier Indians (A) 19 103 405 2.0 2.6 3.3
Nellie Rodriguez Indians (A) 20 113 417 1.6 2.3 3.0
Grant Fink Indians (A) 23 106 365 1.1 1.7 2.4
Claudio Bautista Indians (A) 20 103 400 0.7 1.3 1.9
Richard Stock Indians (A) 23 46 159 0.5 0.7 1.0
Ivan Castillo Indians (A) 19 67 233 0.2 0.6 1.0
Dorssys Paulino Indians (A) 19 96 356 -0.2 0.4 1.0
Torsten Boss Indians (A) 23 37 126 0.0 0.2 0.4
Logan Vick Indians (A) 23 16 59 0.0 0.1 0.2
Cody Ferrell Indians (A) 24 48 151 -0.3 0.0 0.3
Shane Rowland Indians (A) 22 3 10 -0.1 0.0 0.0
Ryan Battaglia Indians (A) 22 1 3 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Brian Ruiz Indians (A) 21 73 244 -0.6 -0.1 0.3
Mike Papi Indians (A) 21 22 77 -0.5 -0.4 -0.2
Josh McAdams Indians (A) 20 28 101 -0.7 -0.5 -0.4
Anthony Santander Indians (A) 19 43 163 -1.0 -0.8 -0.5
Jorge Martinez Indians (A) 21 26 86 -1.0 -0.9 -0.7

Eric Haase (Photo: MiLB)Speaking of Eric Haase, after 181 games in Lake County, IBI's #23 prospect heading into 2014 has finally been promoted to High-A. Haase's time in Lake County this season was characterized by his top-of-the-line power (.243 isolated power, 206 ISO+), which the 21-year-old rode to a 2.7 poor-defense WAR in 77 games. Obviously, Haase was still in Lake County for a reason this year, largely to work on his defense and work on making a little more contact at the plate (25.6 percent strikeout rate, 123 K%+). Haase is not a finished product, but the offense is very real and the catcher put in a little over a year's work in Low-A; now Haase will look to continue his growth in Carolina.

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