The Milwaukee Brewers are reshaping their franchise with an injection of youth and prospects.
Every Thursday for the rest of the season, FOX Sports Wisconsin will take a closer look at some specific young players — as well as noting others who might be stepping up — measuring, highlighting and evaluating their progress. Please note the glossary of advanced stats at the bottom of the story.
This is the sixth edition of the Young Brewers Tracker.
Notable: Davies was knocked around a little bit thanks to serving up two home runs but his WHIP on the season continues to decrease. Righties are bating 253/322/430 against him bur lefties 356/433/627.
Notable: Tripled in back-to-back games May 19-20, going 7 for 9 with 3 runs and 4 RBI in the two contests.
Others: Colorado Springs C Manny Pina is fourth in the Pacific Coast League in batting average at .350. . . . Update on some veterans who were in Brewers camp but now in Triple-A: Garin Cecchini 252/319/361, Eric Young Jr. 245/308/316, Will Middlebrooks 177/198/301. . . . RP Jacob Barnes (14th round, 2011) has a 0.93 WHIP and 23 K in 19 1/3 IP for Colorado Springs. . . . Biloxi OF Kyle Wren batting 273/377/373 with 8 SB but 6 CS. . . . RP Daniel Tillman has allowed 1 R in 8 1/3 IP with an 0.84 WHIP an 11 K. . . . Brevard County OF Elvis Rubio is in the house with a slash line of 317/339/433. . . . RP John Olczak (21st round, 2015) has a 2.79 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 26 K in 19 1/3 IP for the Manatees. . . . Wisconsin C Mitch Ghelfi (28th round, 2015) is batting 313/405/364. . . . The other Timber Rattlers catcher, Max McDowell (13th round, 2015), is batting 297/373/373 with 8 SB and 0 CS.
A glossary of some of the advanced statistics used:
OPS: On base percentage + slugging percentage
OPS+: OPS compared to league average of 100, adjusted to the player’s ballpark
sOPS+: OPS for the split (in our case the last 7 days) compared to the league’s split OPS (100 being average).
BAbip: Batting average on balls in play.
WHIP: Walks plus hits divided by innings pitched.
ERA+: ERA compared to league average of 100, adjusted to the player’s ballpark
FIP: Fielding Independent Pitching. Measures a pitcher’s effectiveness at presenting home runs, walks and hit by pitches while causing strikeouts. The MLB average FIP is the same as the MLB average ERA.
WAR: Wins Above Replacement value. Represents the number of wins the player added to the team above what a replacement player would add (we are using WAR from baseball-reference.com).
Statistics courtesy baseball-reference.com and milb.com