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Checking in on the International League Studs

To alert folks to an interesting article about IL prospects over on Fangraphs, I was going to use the title "Interesting data about prospects over at Fangraphs," but decided that their title was too good to skip. I might grab some readers with a variety of interests.

Looking at the Pirates' IL starting pitching prospects, you see that Locke is performing the best. Few walks, lots of strike outs, a BABIP that's close to normal, and an ERA that's right in line with his FIP. In contrast, both Owens and Wilson have been blessed with really low BABIPs, suggesting that they might be in line for some regression.

Name Team Age IP K% BB% BABIP ERA FIP
Jeff Locke Pirates 24 61.0 21.3% 4.4% .303 3.10 3.00
Rudy Owens Pirates 24 72.2 17.8% 3.5% .239 2.35 3.94
Justin Wilson Pirates 24 61.2 23.1% 12.3% .270 4.23 4.42

Among the hitters I was impressed about how much Clement was tearing it up. That isolated power of 0.241 might be handy someplace in the majors. The BABIP suggests a wRC+ of 168 is not likely to be sustainable, but you can dream.

Name Age PA BB% K% AVG OBP SLG ISO BABIP wRC+
Jeff Clement 28 181 12.2% 19.3% .316 .398 .557 0.241 .368 168
Jordy Mercer 25 198 9.1% 18.7% .303 .379 .417 0.114 .368 121
Starling Marte 23 216 5.6% 20.8% .270 .327 .469 0.199 .327 119
Brandon Boggs 29 199 13.1% 24.6% .220 .323 .351 0.131 .280 91
Matt Hague 26 158 5.7% 15.8% .278 .325 .333 0.056 .325 87

I've left out some data to make things easier to read, so hop on over to Fangraphs if you need a fuller, more nerdly experience.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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