2017 APBA Baseball by the Numbers: Pitching


Hey APBA Fans,

I’m back with the second segment of 2017 by the Numbers.  I took a look at the fielding numbers and ratings from the 2017 APBA Baseball set a couple days ago.  Today, I’m going through the Pitching.  For most of us, that means grades and ratings.

Before I do, the grades here are displayed and ranked by Master Grade grades.  For those not familiar with the Master Game (I haven’t played it in a while myself), the grades can be easily transferred to the Basic Game format using this chart:

D: 1-4

C: 5-9

B: 10-14

A: 15-19

A&C: 20-24

A&B: 25+

Note: A long time ago, Grades 1-5 used to be considered a D pitcher.  That is no longer the case.

So let’s start with starting pitching.  Which pitcher had the coveted A grade?


Pitcher Team Start Grade
Corey Kluber CLE 18
Clayton Kershaw LAD 17
Max Scherzer WAS 16
Stephen Strasburg WAS 16
Brad Peacock HOU 15

I feel like we’re playing the game “Which one things is not like the other?”.  Kluber, Kershaw, Scherzer and Strasburg are all not only stars but had sub-3.00 ERAs in full seasons.  Brad Peacock who just snuck in with a low A, is a interesting choice.  Star-quality aside, he not only had a relatively hefty 3.00 ERA but only pitched 132 innings, way below the qualifying amount.

APBA must have felt Peacock needed the A grade to replicate his 13-2 W-L record.

Take a look at the overall distribution of grades among starting pitchers only.


Starting Grade Total Number
D 87
C 92
B 38
A 5
A&C 0
A&B 0

When I first looked at the numbers, I thought the pitching grades were way down.  Comparing them to last year’s numbers, they ARE down but not as much as I thought.  There were a total of 52 Grade B or better starters compared to this year’s 43.  Like last year, there are no A&C starters.

Which team has the best rotation?  Well, it depends on how you look at it.

The Washington Nationals are the only team that can boast two Grade A starters.


Teams with 2 As Team Start Grade
Max Scherzer WAS 16
Stephen Strasburg WAS 16

However Arizona, who had the best ERA in the MLB, and Houston have the deepest rotations.  They have the most B or better starters with four each.

Considering that these two teams have eight of only 43 of said pitchers, that’s pretty dominant.


Teams with 4 Bs (or better) Team Start Grade
Robbie Ray ARI 14
Zack Greinke ARI 13
Zack Godley ARI 12
Taijuan Walker ARI 12
Brad Peacock HOU 15
Dallas Keuchel HOU 14
Justin Verlander HOU 12
Charlie Morton HOU 11

Switching gears to relief pitching, let’s see who is the best of the best.  Not surprisingly, there were a few that reached into the A&C territory.


Pitcher Team Relief Grade
Kenley Jansen LAD 23
Andrew Miller CLE 23
Craig Kimbrel BOS 22
Corey Knebel MIL 22
Matt Albers WAS 21

None of these were gave me pause to question.

None of the fireballers were awarded the A&B grade unlike last year when two were honored.  Here is the overall distribution for relievers (keep in mind that split grade pitchers are counted twice in my calculations).  It’s worth mentioning that the C*s outnumber the B*s unlike last year.


Relief Grade Total number
D 52
C 85
B 76
A 37
A&C 9
A&B 0

Which team had the best bullpen??  I decided to count those teams with the most A*s.

Well, it is pretty much a landslide.


Teams with at least three A*s Team Relief Grade
Chad Green NYY 19
David Robertson NYY 20
Adam Warren NYY 16
Dellin Betances NYY 15
Tommy Kahnle NYY 15
Andrew Miller CLE 23
Nick Goody CLE 15
Zach Mcallister CLE 15
Corey Knebel MIL 22
Josh Hader MIL 18
Anthony Swarzak MIL 16

Yankee fans, rejoice!  There were a total a five Grade A relievers in pinstripes.  Chad Green is a 5(19*) or a C(A*) for those wondering.

Cleveland and Milwaukee get honorable mention with three A*s each from the pen.

Miscellaneous Ratings

Let’s look at the overall distribution of APBA pitching ratings starting with the control ratings like W and Z.


Control Rating Distribution
W 96
Z 147

Here are the strikeout ratings X, Y and XY (I don’t have the K numbers in my calculations).


Strikeout Rating Distribution
X 101
Y 130
XY 79

Here is the breakdown of the Master Game homeruns allowed ratings (G, H, L, and M).


HRA MG Rating Distribution
G 107
H 31
L 91
M 22

In short, homerun regulation is up by APBA.  Only the H rating went down from last year and not by much.

For those who want to compare to last year numbers, here is 2016 by Numbers: Pitching.

Read more 2017 by the Numbers.  Stay tuned for the Hitting segment which is always a fun one!

Photo By Keith Allison on Flickr – Originally posted to Flickr as “Stephen Strasburg“, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

Thomas Nelshoppen

I am an IT consultant by day and an APBA media mogul by night. My passions are baseball (specifically Illini baseball), photography and of course, APBA. I have been fortunate to be part of the basic game Illowa APBA League since 1980 as well as the BBW Boys of Summer APBA League since 2014. I am slogging through a 1966 NL replay and hope to finish before I die.

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