Believe it or not there’s more to being a Padres blogger these days than crying to your friends that you and Khalil had something special, and it just isn’t like him to leave you for your best friend the way he did.
I have good news on a couple fronts, the first of which is that Baseball Prospectus released a bushel of minor league stats for our perusal. The standard stats are nothing new, what’s great though are the translation stats which give context and comparability to the otherwise dubious minor league numbers.
The first set of stats, called “regular translations” adjust for factors we’re used to adjusting for on our fine web publication, The Sac Bunt. They accommodate differences in ballpark factors and league difficulty, then they adjust for what we’d expect minor league numbers to translate to at the major league level. Pretty sweet, eh?
The second grouping, dubbed “peak translations”, get even better. They adjust for old men in unmarked vans playing among the kiddies. In other words, a 30 year old non-prospect beating up a bunch of 19 year olds in rookie league isn’t impressing anyone but his tough guy friends from high school. Peak translations give an idea of what kind of performance we can expect from a player based on these age and league considerations.
This brings us to Padre broadcaster Matt Vasgersian’s favorite prospect, the dude Vasgersian referred to on a spring training broadcast as “Kyle Banks”. He normally goes by Kyle Blanks, and is tied for third in all double and triple-A in Equivalent Runs.
Equivalent Runs sums up batter’s total offensive value per out. This includes on base percentage, slugging percentage, and stolen bases, among others. It is then adjusted for everything mentioned above, and converted into runs. Then Kyle kicks its ass.
You can find the rest of the list in this helpful minor league translations breakdown.
Here are some other guys I’ve found of note. Josh Geer is 9th in the PCL (triple-A) for Equivalent Runs Allowed, Joe Thatcher is 9th in Equivalent ERA, Sac Bunt favorite Paul McAnulty is 3rd for Equivalent Average, which is like EqRuns but looks like batting average. Luke Carlin is 6th in the same category.
Moving down to double-A in the Texas league, Will Inman, Stephen Faris, and Steve Garrison stand at 2nd, 4th, and 5th in Equivalent Runs Allowed. Chad Huffman is 5th in Equivalent Runs. These are all peak translations numbers.
So there you go, things to do this time of year besides bitching and moaning. On the other hand, bitching and moaning are what make the blogosphere go round (Reference: TheSacrificeBunt.com).