With Statcast data publicly available in Triple A, we’re starting to get some cool analysis of that data coming out as well. The Athletic’s Eno Sarris has invented a proprietary tool for the major leagues called Stuff+, and he’s used adapted it to Triple A pitchers as well. I’ll get into this more next week — Eno has generously sent me data for all of the pitchers on the Sacramento roster — but for the moment, it’s worth sending you to another great Substack site, Down on the Farm, who took a look at the league-wide data yesterday. If you look at the above graphic, the 0 line represents major league average stuff (and I’ll get into Sarris’ definitions further next week when I drill down, but for now, just imagine that it’s pretty much what you think it is — good “Stuff+” really is good “stuff”). Only one PCL club is so Stuff-stuffed that it averages above average major league pitching. But note that the Giants’ Sacramento staff is the third best overall in the league, with a staff that, in aggregate, is just a little below major league average.
This really is in keeping with the Giants’ organizational philosophy of aggregate value. Last year, they set major league records as the first club to have 17 batters hit five home runs, and 17 pitchers with more than 10 innings pitched and an ERA under 4.00. The key was to come as close as possible to never having an at bat or an inning pitched come from someone who wasn’t average or better — and you can see how that philosophy extends beyond the major league roster to their “Green Room” in Sacramento. Having a Triple A staff full of pitchers with average or nearly average major league stuff is a pretty amazing accomplishment, and helps “keep the line moving” when necessary.
Anyway, more on the next week. Promise! I’ll bet you’ll be very interested to see how Sean Hjelle grades out on this tool?
HITTER of the Night: Hunter Bishop (Eug), 3 for 5, 2 2b, 3 Runs, 2 SB
PITCHER of the Night: Jose Cruz (SJ), 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K