Wes Ferrell

Position
Pitcher
Years
1927-1941
Hall Rating
112
Hall of Stats
Inductee
Hall of Merit
Inductee
Next Ballot
Wes Ferrell is next eligible for the Hall of Fame via the Early Baseball Era Committee in 2021.
Wes Ferrell Photo
Peak
57%
Longevity
43%

Wes Ferrell didn’t win 200 games and had an ERA over 4.00. How is he even in a Hall of Fame discussion? He just might be the most unique pitcher in history. Ferrell’s 8-year peak took place when the league ERA was 4.50. Ferrell’s ERA during those years was 3.72. Add the fact that he played in two hitters parks (in Cleveland and Boston) and his ERA+ during that run was 128. For his entire career, his ERA+ was still an impressive 116—better than Hall of Famers Steve Carlton, Fergie Jenkins, and Nolan Ryan (among several others).

Ferrell’s peak was tremendous, as he won 20 games six times and compiled 46.0 (Baseball-Reference) WAR on the mound (the rest of his career was below replacement level). Then there’s his bat. Ferrell was the best hitting (exclusive) pitcher of all time. His 100 wRC+ led to 11.8 WAR at the plate. Ten wins came during his peak, meaning he was worth 56.0 WAR, or 7.0 WAR per season. That is a Hall of Fame-level, Koufaxian peak. It just isn’t a traditional one.

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Career Statistics

Win-Value Statistics
WAR WAA adjWAR adjWAA
About the stats
61.2 34.9 62.8 31.6
Run-Value Statistics
Bat Run DP Fld Pos Pit
-6 2 0 1 125 235
Season-by-Season Statistics
Year Team WAA WAR
1927 CLE -0.2 -0.1
1928 CLE 0.4 0.6
1929 CLE 4.1 6.7
1930 CLE 6.1 9.2
1931 CLE 5.3 8.1
1932 CLE 4.3 7.2
1933 CLE 2.4 4.6
1934 BOS 3.2 5.0
1935 BOS 7.7 10.9
1936 BOS 5.0 7.9
1937 2 teams -0.4 2.2
1937 BOS -1.0 -0.3
1937 WSH (MIN) 0.6 2.5
1938 2 teams -2.8 -1.1
1938 WSH (MIN) -1.6 -0.2
1938 NYY -1.2 -0.9
1939 NYY -0.1 0.1
1940 BRO (LAD) -0.1 -0.1
1941 BSN (ATL) 0.0 0.1
BBWAA Voting Results
Year Percentage
1948
0.8%
1949
0.7%
1956
3.6%
1958
3.4%
1960
3.0%
1962
0.6%
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