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  1. Springer’s wRC+ is 135, 13th in the California league, so his league isn’t inflating anything. You don’t need to look at “surface” stats and then wonder how the league is affecting them. You can look it up on this very site.

    Comment by byron — June 15, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

  2. wRC+ is league adjusted but not park adjusted for the minors, right?

    Comment by Royo — June 15, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

  3. Yes, Marc explained that for me yesterday. That would matter greatly if a hitter’s home park were much, much more offense-friendly than the majority of other parks in his league. Usually, though, we hear about whole leagues that inflate stats, which means league average will still be a pretty appropriate measuring stick. If a player played in a park with a 135 HR factor and the other parks in his league averaged 85, wRC+ would not be an effective stat for evaluating his production (pretending that you can objectively determine park factors).

    Comment by byron — June 15, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

  4. You realize Springer’s home park is one of the most offensive friendly in the minors, right? Lancaster has a 139 HR park factor and a 113 wOBA park factor for RHB per StatCorner. Those both rank second in the already hitter friendly CAL.

    Comment by Nitram Odarp — June 15, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

  5. Others would know better than me, but isn’t that league filled with extremes? High Desert, Stockton, & Lancaster are extreme hitter parks and Inland, Elsinore, and Modesto being extreme pitcher parks? So maybe wRC+ may not be the best for that league? There must be some trustworthy ML park numbers somewhere.

    Comment by Royo — June 15, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

  6. Nitram, you’re right. Does StatCorner computer minor league park factors within the league? It looks that way, since the majority of parks in the “inflated” California league have sub-100 RHB wOBA factors. His home park really stands out with its 113.

    Royo, StatCorner seems to back up the idea that it has extremes in both directions, though if StatCorner determines each league individually, the extreme pitchers’ parks could still be hitters’ parks compared to baseball as a whole. That does make wRC+ a bad fit to judge prospects from that league. It makes me wonder why Marc cited the league as a reason to worry his numbers were inflated, when it seems to be a park issue.

    Comment by byron — June 15, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

  7. Springer has more power and better defense than you’re giving him credit for, Hulet. He could be a 30 HR guy with +5-10 run defense in center field in the majors. He won’t hit for a high average, but he’ll draw walks.

    Comment by Christian — June 15, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

  8. @Byron:
    He didn’t do anything of the sort:
    “It’s hard to gauge Diamondbacks hitting prospects because almost all their affiliates are in parks or leagues that inflate offensive numbers”
    Parks or leagues, and so I think it’s safe to assume he was referring to the park factors in this case.

    Comment by GUY — June 15, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

  9. I like the Hinske comp for Wheeler.

    Capps can seriously bring the heat and is also extremely deceptive. He’s gotta be on the short list of the game’s top relief prospects.

    Comment by Nathaniel Stoltz — June 15, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

  10. Wow, my apologies, for some reason I read ‘Springer’ as ‘Wheeler.’
    Time to rest my brain for awhile.

    Comment by GUY — June 15, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

  11. YEa, couldn’t be farther off with Springer. Do the guys that write for this site actually believe that people think they know what they are talking about?

    Comment by RogerClemensNeedle — June 17, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

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