Cubs Quick Hits – 01/13/2017: Pitch Framing

  • Willson Contreras added just over half a strike per game (0.54) in 2016, which was better than 75% of all MLB catchers (150 pitch minimum).
  • Contreras is likely to get even better because his mentor, Miguel Montero, led MLB in strikes added per game (2.05).
  • If we convert strikes added per game to run value, Montero’s pitch framing alone was worth 1.6 WAR in 2016. Keep in mind, though, that simply converting strikes added per game to a run value is fraught with limitations.
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