What is wRC+?

As you may have noticed, there’s now an extra column in the “Advanced” section for batting stats called “wRC+”. You can think of this stat as a wOBA based version of OPS+. It’s park and league adjusted and it’s on a very similar scale as OPS+. The difference is that it uses wRC, which is based on wOBA.

For those of you not familiar with the scale, 100 is average. Anything higher is above average and anything below 100 is below average.

Big thanks goes out to Tangotiger for pointing out how easy it was to implement this particular stat. It’s now available in all the player pages for major league and minor league players going all the way back to 1871. Please note that it is not park adjusted for minor league stats, but it is league adjusted.

It’s also in the career leaderboards and will soon be making its way into the individual season leaderboards too.

Update: I’ve removed pitchers from the league baselines, so the values will have changed slightly since this morning.

David Appelman is the creator of FanGraphs.

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brent in Korea
14 years ago

Thanks for the new shiny toy!

Bradley Woodrummember
14 years ago
Reply to  brent in Korea

Yeah, thanks!

Sabermetrics I can understand, but how this site works is beyond me! I’m assuming Fangraphs is assembled and maintained using only the finest of black magic HTML coding and ancient, runic Javascripts.

Thanks again, David and Dave and all the others who keep the hamsters running!