Major League Record Book: Career WAR

Like I explained during the hitters segment, Wins Above Replacement (WAR) is supposed to show the value of a player with one number. But because starters are compared with starters, and relievers with relievers, the Tampa Bay Rays and Ryan Yarbrough sort of broke the formula this season, because he threw like a starter, but almost always in relief. In other words, he was compared to relievers instead of what he actually was: more or less a starter, just starting from the 2nd inning. His 0.9 WAR severely underestimates his value to the Rays. This will probably be remedied at some point.

The WAR numbers come from baseball-reference.com:

2006-2018
1 Will Harris Staunton ’03 5.6
2 Chris Devenski Woodstock ’11 4.8
3 Chris Perez Staunton ’04 4.4
4 Tyler Thornburg Winchester ’08 4.0
5 Brandon Beachy Woodstock ’08 3.1
6 Chad Kuhl New Market ’12 2.6
7 David Carpenter Covington ’04 2.0
8 Josh Edgin Winchester ’07 1.7
9 Adam Liberatore Waynesboro ’07-8 1.0
Emilio Pagan Harrisonburg ’10 1.0
11 Ryan Yarbrough Luray ’12 0.9
12 Robby Scott Covington ’10 0.6
13 Jack Leathersich Haymarket ’09 0.4
Kyle McGrath Staunton ’11 0.4
Justin Anderson Front Royal ’13 0.4

Additions: Yarbrough and Justin Anderson

Changes:

  • Adam Liberatore and Emilio Pagan slipped past Robby Scott
All-Time
1 Jimmy Key Winchester ’82 49.6
2 Rick Honeycutt Charlottesville ’73 22.3
3 Roberto Hernandez Front Royal 19.0
4 Mike Caldwell Charlottesville ’68 18.7
5 Brad Ziegler New Market ’00 13.0
Greg Harris Front Royal 13.0
7 Al Holland Charlottesville 11.9
8 Walt Terrell Staunton 10.7
9 Mike Adams Front Royal 10.3
10 Sammy Stewart Staunton ’74 9.6
11 Javier Lopez New Market ’96 8.8
12 George Stone Staunton 6.8
13 Jon Rauch Harrisonburg ’98 6.5
14 Ed Lynch Madison 6.3
15 Chris Nabholz Front Royal 5.6
Will Harris Staunton ’03 5.6
17 Rich Rodriguez Staunton 5.3
Greg Hibbard Staunton 5.3
19 Bob Patterson Madison ’81 4.8
Chris Devenski Woodstock ’11 4.8

With the Harman additions (Holland, Terrell, Stone, Lynch), many names moved down a bit. Devenski was tied for 16th after 2017, for example.

The average Hall of Fame starting pitcher put up 73.4 career WAR, by the way.

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