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September 18, 2006

Minor League Review, Part 2: Clinton LumberKings Pitchers

Click here for a discussion of the league and park. Very short version: The Midwest League is a very low run-scoring environment, but Clinton’s Alliant Everygy Field slightly favored hitters.

On the pitchers: Players are ranked by park-indexed Run Average (similar to Earned Run Average except all runs are included). From what I understand, RA or ERA isn’t a reliable method of rating pitchers in the lower minors, but I didn’t want just to rank the players alphabetically. As with OBP+, WHIP+ tends to have lower variance among pitchers than most indexes. The homers allowed index has a huge variance because homers are infrequent relative to walks, strikeouts, hits, etc. For example, Jose Marte allowed one homer in 67 innings, giving him an HR+ of 465. That’s fantastic, obviously, but just one more homer allowed would have dropped his HR+ to 232.

I also don’t want to present others’ work as my own, so if you’re looking for averages on balls in play, ground/fly ratios, and other splits, visit the incomparable minorleaguesplits.com.

Pitchers ranked by indexed Run Average. Does not include those with fewer than 40 innings.

Player
G
IP
RA
RA+
ERA
ERA+
WHIP
WHIP+
HRrate
HRrate+
BBrate
BBrate+
SOrate
SOrate+
Julian
Cordero
27
68.0
4.10
117
2.91
137
1.34
101
1.0%
155
9%
92
17%
84
Josh
Giles
28
46.3
4.27
112
3.88
103
1.27
107
2.6%
63
8%
108
24%
118
Jose
Marte
39
66.7
4.45
108
3.51
114
1.40
97
0.3%
465
12%
70
25%
121
Joey
McLaughlin
15
32.0
5.06
95
4.50
89
1.38
99
3.7%
44
9%
94
21%
104
Kevin
Altman
34
85.3
5.17
93
4.85
82
1.37
99
1.6%
99
6%
132
21%
105
J.B.
Diaz
36
74.0
5.23
92
4.26
94
1.50
91
1.5%
106
9%
97
13%
61
Omar
Poveda
26
149.3
5.54
86
4.88
82
1.37
99
1.9%
86
6%
143
21%
102
Juan
Jimenez
22
116.7
5.63
85
5.25
76
1.42
96
2.6%
63
8%
98
14%
70
Kyle
Rogers
22
104.0
5.88
81
4.67
86
1.42
96
1.3%
123
13%
62
19%
93
Jacob
Rasner
27
144.7
6.35
75
5.41
74
1.42
96
2.2%
73
8%
100
19%
91
Zachary
Phillips
28
142.0
6.72
71
5.96
67
1.72
79
0.8%
212
10%
82
19%
94
Juan C.
Garcia
24
43.0
8.58
56
6.28
64
1.72
79
2.5%
66
11%
73
18%
89
Gerry
Oakes
30
42.3
9.35
51
8.08
50
2.01
68
2.3%
71
21%
39
14%
69
TEAM
TOTALS
139
1,205.0
5.68
84
4.81
83
1.46
93
1.7%
96
10%
85
19%
94
Park-Adjusted League Average
-
-
4.79
-
4.00
-
1.36
-
1.6%
-
8.3%
-
20.4%
-

Posted by Lucas at September 18, 2006 06:09 PM