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 13th edition of the Young Brewers Tracker.
Notable: Davies was sent to Triple-A to open up a roster spot for a position player before the All-Star break. He can’t be recalled for 10 days but is expected to be back and resume his turn in the rotation.
Notable: Leads the majors in BAbip. The only other player above .400 is Texas’ Ian Desmond (.402). Since 2000 only two players have a BAbip of .400 or better over an entire season: Milwaukee’s Jose Hernandez in 2002 (.403) and Cleveland’s Manny Ramirez in 2000 (.402).
Notable: Threw a season-high 102 pitches on July 9 in his start at home vs. Iowa, the first time Lopez has reached 100 pitched this year. Last season at Double-A Biloxi, Lopez had five games of 100+ pitches.
Notable: Obtained from Boston in the deal for Aaron Hill, Rijo was assigned to Brevard County. He played 51 games for Double-A Portland (196/245/266) and 11 games with Single-A Salem (270/364/324) earlier this season.
Others: At the Triple-A All-Star Game, Manny Pina started at catcher and went 0 for 2 while Darren Magnifico retired the only batter he faced. . . . RHP Aaron Wilkerson, acquired in the Aaron Hill trade, pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out three in his Colorado Springs debut. . . . RHP Tom Jankins (13th round, 2016) was moved up from Helena (3.09 ERA, 1.20 WHIP in 11 2/3 IP) to Wisconsin. Biloxi LHP Wei-Chung Wang, a former Rule 5 pick, has allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his last five starts. . . . Brevard County 3B Dustin DeMuth (5th round, 2014) is batting .442 over his last 10 games to raise his average to .279. . . . Wisconsin OF Monte Harrison (2nd round, 2014) is batting .359 with 3 HR in his last 10 games, raising his average to .216. . . . First week at Single-A Wisconsin: RHP Chase Williams (35th round, 2016) 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 K; RHP Corbin Burnes (4th round, 2016) 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 K. . . . RHP Jaye Chapman, who pitched at both Biloxi and Colorado Springs this season, was traded to Tampa Bay and assigned to their Double-A team.
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