DRC+ is a metric created by Baseball Prospectus to measure a player’s performance to the league average, and best used to look at their future performances. So how do the Pirates’ batters fare in its eyes?
Deserved runs created plus, or DRC+ is one of the best all-encompassing offensive stats to look at when evaluating different players. It’s a league/era, and park-adjusted stat where 100 is the league average. Obviously, it was harder to hit a home run in 1900 than in 2019, and it’s easier to hit a home run in Coors Field than Oracle Park.
However, unlike other rate metrics such as wRC+ or OPS+, DRC+ also takes into account other factors such as the quality of the opponent. A batter who consistently does well vs a Jacob deGrom, or Kirby Yates caliber pitcher should be more valuable than one who only does well vs Matt Boyd or Alex Colome caliber pitchers.
Like with deserved run average, let’s take a look at some of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ players DRC+. This way, we can get an idea of what they might perform like in the future, as it is much more accurate than anything such as wRC+ or OPS+ in terms of projecting.
Since it is a fairly new statistic, you can go onto Baseball Prospectus to read more about it.