## 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).*

- Jacob Heyward: .477
- Heath Quinn: .461
- Jarrett Parker: .407
- Sandro Fabian: .399
- Angeddy Almanzar: .398
- Austin Slater: .397
- Miguel Gomez: .390
- Bryan Reynolds: .389
- Dylan Davis: .386
- Steven Duggar: .377
- John Riley: .373
- T.J. Bennett: .371
- Kevin Rivera: .370
- Mike Bernal: .365
**Gorkys Hernandez: .362**- Carlos Moncrief: .360
- Chris Shaw: .359
- Gio Brusa: .359
- Tyler Horan: .356
- Dillon Dobson: .354
- Ryan Kirby: .352
- Kelvin Beltre: .346
- Mac Williamson: .345
- Junior Arias: .344
- Ricardo Genoves: .342
- Ashford Fulmer: .340
- Daniel Carbonell: .340
- Skyler Ewing: .340
- C.J. Hinojosa: .337
**Conor Gillaspie: .336**- Jose Vizcaino: .334
- Robbie Garvey: .333
- Steven Lerud: .332
- Ali Castillo: .330
- Matt Winn: .330
- Hunter Cole: .329
- Travis Ishikawa: .325
- Ryan Howard: .324
- Seth Harrison: .320
- Ryder Jones: .318
- Brandon Van Horn: .318
- Matt Pare: .317
- Brandon Bednar: .316
- Nick Hill: .316
- Gustavo Cabrera: .313
- Jonah Arenado: .312
- Christian Arroyo: .311
- Ronnie Jebavy: .311
- Jean Angomas: .308
- Ricky Oropesa: .305
- Zach Bowers: .304
- Ryan Lollis: .298
- Johneshwy Fargas: .293
- Aramis Garcia: .293
- Darren Ford: .291
- Myles Schroder: .290
- Ty Ross: .285
- Jeff Arnold: .285
- Manuel Geraldo: .282
- Rando Moreno: .280
- Juan Ciriaco: .278
- Chase Compton: .277
- Cristian Paulino: .277
- Mitch Delfino: .277
- Jalen Miller: .273
- Mikey Edie: .273
- Richard Amion: .253

Key: Bolded players are currently in majors

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