B/R MLB 500: Top 150 Starting Pitchers

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B/R MLB 500: Top 150 Starting Pitchers
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The B/R MLB 500 has been around the horn. Now it's time to head to the mound.

The scoring for starting pitchers goes like this: 30 points for stuff, 20 points for command, 15 points for hittability, 25 points for what we're calling the "workhorse" factor and, like everyone else, 10 points for health. Add it all up and you get 100 points.

For stuff, we considered what sort of pitches each pitcher takes to work with him, as well as things like velocity, movement and general nastiness. The scoring is subjective, but the general rule of thumb is this: the more dangerous pitches a guy has, the higher his score goes. 

The command category concerns what you'd expect it to concern. How good is a pitcher at limiting walks? At finding the strike zone? At commanding the ball within the strike zone? 

The hittability category essentially answers the question, "How hard is it to hit this guy?" The ability to miss bats and rack up strikeouts is key, but pitchers who keep the ball on the ground have the right idea. Guys who can do both are even better.

The workhorse category takes into account how many innings and pitches each pitcher is capable of racking up when he starts. And though this project is focusing mainly on 2013, having a track record will help in this category. There will also be some projecting going on for some of the youngsters.

As for health, that's basically 10 free points. Unless, of course, there are reasons to be worried about a pitcher's ability to stay healthy. These being pitchers, not too many got perfect health scores.

As always, one thing to keep in mind is that a score that's, say, 15 out of 30 is not a failing score. That's an "average" score, making anything below it below average and anything above it above average.

Lastly, here's a reminder that the whole idea is to round up guys we'd want on a team in 2014. That means top prospects who could potentially make an impact are in play, and both they and relatively inexperienced pitchers may be ranked higher than you think. If there are any ties, the edge goes to the player we'd rather have.

That's all there is to it, so let's go ahead and start this baby up.


Note: All prospect writeups/scores were created by B/R's MLB Prospects Lead Writer, Mike Rosenbaum.

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