Clayton Kershaw tops all starters (again) with the only A&C grade
Yesterday, I posted the first in my APBA Baseball by the Numbers series where I covered defensive ratings. Tonight though, it’s time to go over the hurlers. Who was the best? Who got lucky and got cheated out of a good grade? And of course, the general distribution of the grades and ratings.
Before I start, a quick tutorial on Master Game grades. Instead of Grades A, B, C and D, Master Game breaks the pitchers’ grades into numbers 1-30. They are consistent from year to year though.
Here is the conversion chart:
|MG grade||Basic grade|
|1 to 4||Grade D|
|5 to 9||Grade C|
|10 to 14||Grade B|
|15 to 19||Grade A|
|20 to 24||Grade A&C|
|25 to 30||Grade A&B|
Ok, now the starting pitchers:
Congrats to all of the Clayton Kershaw owners out there. He was the only A&C pitcher this year. Not only that, this is the second year in a row he’s topped the Majors with the best grade. He did it last year with a MG 19 grade.
Here were the best starting pitchers by grade.
Here was the overall distribution of starting pitcher grades.
Highest ERA by an A starter: Jake Arrieta, CHI, 16XY, 2.53 ERA, 156 2/3 IP
Highest ERA by a B starter: Homer Bailey, CIN, 10Y, 3.71 ERA, 145 2/3 IP
Lowest ERA by a B starter: Michael Pineda, NY, 14YZ, 1.89 ERA, 76 1/3 IP
Highest ERA by a C starter: Franklin Morales, COL, 5W, 5.37 ERA, 142 1/3 IP
Lowest ERA by a C starter: Gavin Floyd, ATL, 9Z, 2.65 ERA, 54 1/3 IP
Can anyone explain Franklin Morales’ gift? I had a similar situation with Manny Parra and since he was on my team, I wasn’t about to complain.
And thank you APBA, by the way for Homer Bailey!
The best of the best. There were a couple of A&B bullpen aces in this set. Funnily, enough, they were both from the Royals. Look down a little further, and you’ll see another A&C from KC too.
Overall distribution of relievers. Split grade pitchers are included here, by the way.
Let’s do the same here as I did for starters. It’s always interesting to see the anomalies (I’m trying to avoid the split grade pitchers here).
Highest ERA by an A reliever: Jake Petricka, CHI, 15W, 2.96 ERA, 73 IP
Highest ERA by a B reliever: Jacob Diekman, PHI, 10XYW, 3.80 ERA, 71 IP
Lowest ERA by a B reliever: Carson Smith, SEA, 10XYW, 0.00 ERA, 8 1/3 IP
Highest ERA by a C reliever: Rex Brothers, COL, 5YW, 5.59 ERA, 56 1/3 IP
Taking a look at the pitchers ratings distribution now. Keep in mind that the ZZ, K, and R ratings are still unknown.
Let’s start with the strikeout rating.
…and now the control ratings.
I thought I’d do the Master Game homerun ratings as well.
|MG Homerun rating||Distribution|
As appropriate, the more restrictive ratings are rarer.
A few more miscellaneous stats left. I’ve already mentioned the Royals’ impressive bullpen. But which team had the most B or better starting pitchers? Would you believe Oakland has six?
Finally, here is a list of non-pitchers who took a turn on the mound in 2014 and were graded as a pitcher on their APBA card.
Worth gets a Grade 2 because he appeared twice and only allowed one run, I suppose. Defensively, Drew Butera is the only one who is rated a P-2.
This series gets more and more fun. Next up, “Hitting by the numbers”. Again, check out last night’s article on defensive ratings too.