FIP's Of St. Louis Cardinal Minor League Pitchers

Justin HulseyCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2010

Posted on September 30, 2010 on Rising Redbirds.

The reason sabermetrics were invented is because standard statistics are misleading. For pitchers, W/L record, ERA, and even WHIP are overrated. Most general stats do not take into account several factors that take place during a game, including the players that field the ball after it is hit. There are three things that a pitcher can control: strikeouts, walks, and home runs allowed. Fielding is entirely different. The pitcher cannot make his teammates field better. Fielding Independent Pitcher (FIP) is a stat that, essentially, judges how valuable a pitcher actually is. Strikeouts, walks, and home runs allowed are the basis of the stat, while fielding is completely eliminated from the equation.

Take a quick look at how the Cardinals pitching prospects truly played in 2010.

PLAYERFIPLEAGUE RANK
Josh Kinney (AAA)3.477th
Brandon Dickson (AAA)3.538th
Brian Broderick (AA)3.4516th
Kevin Thomas (A+)2.6513th
Deryk Hooker (A)2.43rd
Shelby Miller (A)2.425th
Justin Smith (A)2.598th
Scott Schneider (A)2.7610th
Michael Blazek (A)2.8311th
Joe Kelly (A)3.7516th
Chase Reid (A-)1,834th
Keith Butler (A-)1.935th
John Gast (A-)2.299th