2012 Baseball Disk by the Numbers: Pitching


2012’s Top Graded Pitcher Fernando Rodney with a MG Grade of 28

Each year, when the APBA baseball disk comes out, I’ve done a quick and dirty analysis and breakdown of the season set.  I’ve broken down the pitching, defense, and some of the offensive particulars.  I crunch the numbers and display what information might be interesting to readers.

I’m starting with pitching this year.  By my count, there were a total of 663 players rated with a pitching grade.  Let’s start by breaking down the pitchers by grade.

Note:  I’m including pitchers who have the grade on their card so those with split grades will be counted twice. 

First the Starting Pitchers

Starters # %
A&C 0 0.0%
A 10 1.5%
B 57 8.6%
C 88 13.3%
D 131 19.8%

No A&C starters in the 2012 set.

…and the relievers

Relievers # %
A&B* 1 0.2%
A&C* 5 0.8%
A* 71 10.7%
B* 99 14.9%
C* 82 12.4%
D* 162 24.4%

Tampa Bay Fernando Rodney who had a 0.60 ERA in 74 2/3 IP was the lone A&B reliever.

Here are the strikeout and control ratings

Control # %
Z 170 25.6%
W 216 32.6%

Like last year, the Ws outnumbered the Zs.


Strikeout # %
Y 186 28.1%
X 118 17.8%
XY 96 14.5%


Here are the ‘Bests’ sorted by Pitching Grade

Best Relievers Grade
Fernando Rodney 28
Craig Kimbrel 24
Aroldis Chapman 23
Jeremy Horst 23
Scott Atchison 22

No surprise that Rodney is at the top. He’s an A&B*.  The rest are A&C*.

Best Starters Starting Grade
Kris Medlen 19
Felipe Paulino 18
David Price 18
Jered Weaver 17
Justin Verlander 16
Clayton Kershaw 16
R.A. Dickey 16

Interesting piece of trivia:  Atlanta’s Kris Medlen (1.57 ERA in 138 IP, 50G, 12 GS) is a A (A&C*).  I don’t think we’ve seen anyone rated with that grade before.


The highest ERA of any Grade A (including relievers) was Chad Durbin’s 3.10.

The highest ERA of any Grade B pitcher was Yu Darvish (3.90).  The lowest ERA for a Grade B pitcher was Al Alburquerque’s 0.68 (only 13 1/3 IP).

The highest ERA of any Grade C pitcher was Henry Rodriguez’ 5.83.  The lowest Grade C ERA was Rob Scahill’s 1.04.

The lowest ERA for a D pitcher?  Well, there were plenty that pitched a couple innings that received a D.  But among D pitchers that pitched 50 innings or more, Chris Young had the lowest at 4.15.

Finally, Justin Masterson wins the prize for the highest prize for the best pitching grade for a pitcher with 15 or more losses.  Despite his 11-15 record, he got a MG grade of 6 (C).

Some Master Game ratings

Homerun Letters # %
G 122 18.4%
H 56 8.4%
L 105 15.8%
M 99 14.9%

Not too surprisingly, the more moderate letters (G and L) were more prevalent than the extreme ones (H and M).

WP # %
WP0 94 14.2%
WP1 145 21.9%
WP2 132 19.9%
WP3 291 43.9%

A miniscule 14% got the WP0.


# %
BK0 473 71.3%
HB0 132 19.9%

The bean ball is still popular.

When time permits, I’ll be doing an overall view of fielding ratings and offensive ratings.

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.


  1. The starting and reliving grades %’s don’t add up to 100 – am I missing something?

  2. I think the percentages are for pitchers in total. so there are 43.2% of pitchers with starting grades and 63.4% with relieveing grades. There are about 6.6% of pitchers with both a starting and relieveing grade.

    Darvish has a W control, so that’s why he got the 11 MG grade (B on the BG).

    Next point, I wonder how the control and strikeout grades pan out for the total batters faced by the pitchers? Does this vary from last year appreciably? I’ll have time this weekend to play around with that.

  3. Are there any r or k rated pitchers?

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