Major League Baseball has different statistics for hitters, fielders, and pitchers. The game has followed the same rules for over a century and this has allowed for statistical comparison. As technology grows, so does the game of baseball as there is more areas of the game that people can monitor and track including pitch speed, spin rates, launch angle, exit velocity and directional break. The website QOPBaseball.com is a newer website that attempts to correctly track every pitches horizontal and vertical break and grade it based on these factors (Wilson, 2016). Fangraphs has statistics on the direction players hit the ball and what percentage of the time. The game of baseball is all about quantifying players and being able give a value to their contributions. Sabermetrics have given us the ability to do this in far more depth. Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+) is an offensive stat which is attempted to quantify a player’s total offensive value (wRC and wRC+, Fangraphs). It is Era and park adjusted, meaning that the park and year can be compared without altering the statistic further. In this paper, we look at what 2018 statistics have the greatest effect on an individual player’s wRC+.
University Honors Capstone Project Paper, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2018.
Sanford, Gavin D.
What raw statistics have the greatest effect on wRC+ in Major League Baseball in 2017?.
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