wOBA

Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA) is one of the most important and popular catch-all offensive statistics. It was created by Tom Tango (and notably used in “The Book”) to measure a hitter’s overall offensive value, based on the relative values of each distinct offensive event.

wOBA is based on a simple concept: Not all hits are created equal. Batting average assumes that they are. On-base percentage does too, but does one better by including other ways of reaching base such as walking or being hit by a pitch. Slugging percentage weights hits, but not accurately (Is a double worth twice as much as a single? In short, no) and again ignores other ways of reaching base. On-base plus slugging (OPS) does attempt to combine the different aspects of hitting into one metric, but it assumes that one percentage point of SLG is the same as that of OBP. In reality, a handy estimate is that OBP is around twice as valuable than SLG (the exact ratio is x1.8). In short, OPS is asking the right question, but we can arrive at a more accurate number quite easily. 

Weighted On-Base Average combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value. While batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage fall short in accuracy and scope, wOBA measures and captures offensive value more accurately and comprehensively. (Text, stats courtesy of Fangraphs).

  1. Jacob Heyward: .477
  2. Heath Quinn: .461
  3. Jarrett Parker: .407
  4. Sandro Fabian: .399
  5. Angeddy Almanzar: .398
  6. Austin Slater: .397
  7. Miguel Gomez: .390
  8. Bryan Reynolds: .389
  9. Dylan Davis: .386
  10. Steven Duggar: .377
  11. John Riley: .373
  12. T.J. Bennett: .371
  13. Kevin Rivera: .370
  14. Mike Bernal: .365
  15. Gorkys Hernandez: .362
  16. Carlos Moncrief: .360
  17. Chris Shaw: .359
  18. Gio Brusa: .359
  19. Tyler Horan: .356
  20. Dillon Dobson: .354
  21. Ryan Kirby: .352
  22. Kelvin Beltre: .346
  23. Mac Williamson: .345
  24. Junior Arias: .344
  25. Ricardo Genoves: .342
  26. Ashford Fulmer: .340
  27. Daniel Carbonell: .340
  28. Skyler Ewing: .340
  29. C.J. Hinojosa: .337
  30. Conor Gillaspie: .336
  31. Jose Vizcaino: .334
  32. Robbie Garvey: .333
  33. Steven Lerud: .332
  34. Ali Castillo: .330
  35. Matt Winn: .330
  36. Hunter Cole: .329
  37. Travis Ishikawa: .325
  38. Ryan Howard: .324
  39. Seth Harrison: .320
  40. Ryder Jones: .318
  41. Brandon Van Horn: .318
  42. Matt Pare: .317
  43. Brandon Bednar: .316
  44. Nick Hill: .316
  45. Gustavo Cabrera: .313
  46. Jonah Arenado: .312
  47. Christian Arroyo: .311
  48. Ronnie Jebavy: .311
  49. Jean Angomas: .308
  50. Ricky Oropesa: .305
  51. Zach Bowers: .304
  52. Ryan Lollis: .298
  53. Johneshwy Fargas: .293
  54. Aramis Garcia: .293
  55. Darren Ford: .291
  56. Myles Schroder: .290
  57. Ty Ross: .285
  58. Jeff Arnold: .285
  59. Manuel Geraldo: .282
  60. Rando Moreno: .280
  61. Juan Ciriaco: .278
  62. Chase Compton: .277
  63. Cristian Paulino: .277
  64. Mitch Delfino: .277
  65. Jalen Miller: .273
  66. Mikey Edie: .273
  67. Richard Amion: .253

Key: Bolded players are currently in majors

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