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  While the idea was sound, James’ formula has since been superseded by Tom Tango’s wRC , which is based off Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA).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: 7/24/17 | Minimum PA: 180

  1. Skyler Ewing: 137
  2. Ryder Jones: 135
  3. Ryan Kirby: 126
  4. Chris Shaw: 120
  5. Aramis Garcia: 120
  6. Austin Slater: 119
  7. Bryan Reynolds: 119
  8. Myles Schroder: 118
  9. Slade Heathcott: 116
  10. Tim Federowicz: 115
  11. Cristian Paulino: 114
  12. Miguel Gomez: 114
  13. C.J. Hinojosa: 113
  14. Kelvin Beltre: 108
  15. Ryan Howard: 108
  16. Jacob Heyward: 105
  17. Jae-Gyun Hwang: 103
  18. Heath Quinn: 100
  19. Ashford Fulmer: 100
  20. Carlos Moncrief: 97
  21. Mike Bernal: 96
  22. Daniel Carbonell: 95
  23. Orlando Calixte: 89
  24. Juan Ciriaco: 85
  25. Gio Brusa: 83
  26. Brandon Van Horn: 82
  27. Brandon Bednar: 80
  28. Frandy De La Rosa: 80
  29. Hunter Cole: 78
  30. Dillon Dobson: 78
  31. Matt Winn: 77
  32. Sandro Fabian: 77
  33. Dylan Davis: 77
  34. Jose Vizcaino: 72
  35. Ali Castillo: 71
  36. Jonah Arenado: 70
  37. Manuel Geraldo: 69
  38. Mac Williamson: 68
  39. Jalen Miller: 66
  40. Jeff Arnold: 64
  41. Juniel Querecuto: 64
  42. Ryan Lollis: 63

Key: Bolded players are currently in majors

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