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  While the idea was sound, James’ formula has since been superseded by Tom Tango’s wRC , which is based off Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA).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: 8/20/17 | Minimum PA: 200

  1. Franklin Labour: 160
  2. Alexander Canario: 149
  3. Ryder Jones: 147
  4. Skyler Ewing: 131
  5. Chris Shaw: 124
  6. Bryan Reynolds: 120
  7. Malique Ziegler: 117
  8. Tim Federowicz: 115
  9. Cristian Paulino: 114
  10. Miguel Gomez: 113
  11. Ryan Kirby: 113
  12. Myles Schroder: 111
  13. Slade Heathcott: 110
  14. Aramis Garcia: 108
  15. Jacob Heyward: 106
  16. Ryan Howard: 103
  17. Kelvin Beltre: 102
  18. Hunter Cole: 101
  19. Daniel Carbonell: 101
  20. Jae-Gyun Hwang: 99
  21. Mike Bernal: 98
  22. Dillon Dobson: 97
  23. Ashford Fulmer: 96
  24. Jonah Arenado: 95
  25. C.J. Hinojosa: 93
  26. Anyesber Sivira: 91
  27. Sandro Fabian: 90
  28. Gio Brusa: 87
  29. Carlos Garcia: 87
  30. Jean Angomas: 87
  31. Heath Quinn: 85
  32. Juan Ciriaco: 85
  33. Brandon Van Horn: 83
  34. Kevin Rivera: 83
  35. Matt Winn: 81
  36. Orlando Calixte: 79
  37. Brandon Bednar: 78
  38. Frandy De La Rosa: 77
  39. Jose Vizcaino: 77
  40. Jeff Arnold: 76
  41. Mac Williamson: 73
  42. Dylan Davis: 72
  43. Jalen Miller: 69
  44. Manuel Geraldo: 67
  45. Ali Castillo: 64
  46. Johneshwy Fargas: 63
  47. Ronnie Jebavy: 62
  48. Ryan Lollis: 59
  49. Wynton Bernard: 58
  50. Juniel Querecuto: 54

Key: Bolded players are currently in majors

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