wRC+

Weighted Runs Created (wRC) is an improved version of Bill James’ Runs Created (RC) statistic, which attempted to quantify a player’s total offensive value and measure it by runs.  In Runs Created, instead of looking at a player’s line and listing out all the details (e.g. 23 2B, 15 HR, 55 BB, 110 K, 19 SB, 5 CS), the information is synthesized into one metric in order to say, “Player X was worth 24 runs to his team last year.”  While the idea was sound, James’ formula has since been superseded by Tom Tango’s wRC , which is based off Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA).

If wRC sounds similar to Weighted Runs Above Average (wRAA) or Batting Runs, that’s a good thing. wRAA is simply wRC with league average scaled to zero, while Batting Runs is the park and league adjusted version of wRAA.

Similar to OPS+, Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+) measures how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects.  League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.

wRC+ is park and league-adjusted, allowing one to to compare players who played in different years, parks, and leagues.  Want to know how Ted Williams compares with Albert Pujols in terms of offensive abilities?  This is your statistic. wRC+ is the most comprehensive rate statistic used to measure hitting performance because it takes into account the varying weights of each offensive action and then adjusts them for the park and league context in which they took place. (Text, stats courtesy of Fangraphs).

Updated: 9/7/17 | Minimum PA: 200

  1. Franklin Labour: 161
  2. Ryder Jones: 148
  3. Alexander Canario: 147
  4. Logan Baldwin: 145
  5. Jerry Sands: 145
  6. Skyler Ewing: 137
  7. Bryce Johnson: 126
  8. Chris Shaw: 125
  9. Bryan Reynolds: 122
  10. Orlando Garcia: 122
  11. Austin Slater: 121
  12. Slade Heathcott: 116
  13. Tim Federowicz: 116
  14. Aramis Garcia: 116
  15. Miguel Gomez: 115
  16. Ghordy Santos: 114
  17. Ryan Kirby: 114
  18. Myles Schroder: 113
  19. Cristian Paulino: 112
  20. Mike Bernal: 107
  21. Hunter Cole: 105
  22. Kelvin Beltre: 103
  23. Jean Angomas: 102
  24. Sandro Fabian: 101
  25. Malique Ziegler: 101
  26. Ryan Howard: 101
  27. K.C. Hobson: 100
  28. Jae-Gyun Hwang: 99
  29. Jacob Heyward: 98
  30. Jonah Arenado: 97
  31. Daniel Carbonell: 96
  32. Anyesber Sivira: 93
  33. Ashford Fulmer: 93
  34. Gio Brusa: 92
  35. Kevin Rivera: 91
  36. Jose Vizcaino: 87
  37. Brandon Bednar: 87
  38. Dillon Dobson: 85
  39. Juan Ciriaco: 84
  40. Manuel Geraldo: 84
  41. Mac Williamson: 84
  42. Carlos Garcia: 83
  43. Brandon Van Horn: 83
  44. C.J. Hinojosa: 82
  45. Jose Patino: 82
  46. Heath Quinn: 78
  47. Orlando Calixte: 77
  48. Dylan Davis: 75
  49. Ronnie Jebavy: 75
  50. Frandy De La Rosa: 74
  51. Omar Medina: 74
  52. Matt Winn: 71
  53. Jeff Arnold: 70
  54. Jalen Miller: 69
  55. Wynton Bernard: 68
  56. Ryan Lollis: 67
  57. Ali Castillo: 63
  58. Johneshwy Fargas: 60
  59. Juniel Querecuto: 54
  60. Trevor Brown: 0

Key: Bolded players are currently in majors

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