One of the best stats to measure and evaluate offensive performance in MLB is OPS+.
It takes all the obvious benefits of OPS (on base percentage plus slugging) and adjusts it to a league-average context while accounting for external factors like ballparks.
A 100 OPS+ is league-average: anything higher is above-average, and anything lower is considered below-average.
Now that the information is out there, we can assess some of the biggest gainers and losers in OPS+ so far in the 2022 season.
The Los Angeles Angels, who are now legit playoff contenders and have a 24-16 record, have the most-improved offense by OPS+.
“Largest differences in team OPS+, 2022 (so far) vs. 2021: Angels +24 (94 to 118). Marlins +23 (81 to 104). Yankees +21 (100 to 121). Phillies +17 (96 to 113) … … … Red Sox -16 (105 to 89). Reds -17 (93 to 76). White Sox -21 (107 to 86). Athletics -24 (102 to 78),” Codify Baseball tweeted.
Largest differences in team OPS+, 2022 (so far) vs. 2021:
Angels +24 (94 to 118)
Marlins +23 (81 to 104)
Yankees +21 (100 to 121)
Phillies +17 (96 to 113)
Red Sox -16 (105 to 89)
Reds -17 (93 to 76)
White Sox -21 (107 to 86)
Athletics -24 (102 to 78)
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) May 19, 2022
The Angels went from being below-average (94) in 2021 to comfortably above-average this year, with 118.
The Organization Is Doing A Better Job With Player Development
That’s seven productive hitters, and they have more useful pieces.
When analyzing the Angels, we tend to talk a lot about their pitching improvements, especially arms they brought in the offseason such as Noah Syndergaard, Aaron Loup, Michael Lorenzen, or Ryan Tepera.
But their offense has taken a step forward, and player development has had a role in the improvement.
Ward went from obscurity to stardom, Walsh developed nicely into a complementary piece, Marsh seems to be breaking out, and Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon are producing at a high level.
Oh, and the team has uber-prospect Jo Adell waiting in the wings, as well.
It’s a good time to be an Angels fan.