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
No A&C starters in the 2012 set.
…and the relievers
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
Like last year, the Ws outnumbered the Zs.
Here are the ‘Bests’ sorted by Pitching Grade
No surprise that Rodney is at the top. He’s an A&B*. The rest are A&C*.
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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
Not too surprisingly, the more moderate letters (G and L) were more prevalent than the extreme ones (H and M).
A miniscule 14% got the WP0.
The bean ball is still popular.
When time permits, I’ll be doing an overall view of fielding ratings and offensive ratings.