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.
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This is the 19th edition of the Young Brewers Tracker.
Notable: While Arcia is still struggling at the plate, he has a Range Factor of 5.73 and a Range Factor per Game of 5.47. The current leaders in the National League in those categories are Arizona’s Nick Ahmed, with a 4.79 RF, and Colorado’s Trevor Story, with a 4.50 RF/G. Oakland’s Marcus Semien is the American League leader at 4.77 and 4.65.
Notable: Davies bounced back from a couple of rough starts with a good outing against Colorado on Wednesday. His eight strikeouts were his most since June 24, when he had nine. Since then, in nine starts he had five strikeouts twice with three or four in the remaining seven starts.
Notable: Has followed up a five-game hit streak with a two-game hitless streak, although he walked twice in one of those games and had an RBI in the other. Hit a home run Aug. 22, his first since Aug. 8.
Notable: Ray, Milwaukee’s first-round draft pick this season, had a pair of three-hit games this past week, including socking three doubles on Aug. 18 vs. Lakeland. He has raised his average 27 points since Aug. 8.
Others: Colorado Springs OF Kyle Wren hit .363 with 5 runs and 2 SB. He is batting .344 with 18 SB in 70 games with the SkySox. . . . Biloxi OF Johnny Davis (22nd round, 2013) was 5 for 12 (.417) last week with 4 runs and 2 SB. . . . Biloxi 1B Nick Ramirez is batting only .202 on the season, but he was 4 for 11 (.417) with two HR and 6 RBI last week. . . . Taylor Jungmann continues to turn things around at Biloxi. He had a 0.71 ERA and 1.148 WHIP with 13 K in 12.2 IP. Wisconsin SS Isan Diaz and RHP Nate Griep (8th round, 2015) were named Midwest League Postseason All-Stars. Griep set the Timber Rattlers single-season record for saves with 21. He has a 2.28 ERA and 1.05 WHIP this season. . . . Helena SS Trevor Morrison (12th round, 2016) was 8 for 22 (.364). . . .
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