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.
|Josh Kinney (AAA)||3.47||7th|
|Brandon Dickson (AAA)||3.53||8th|
|Brian Broderick (AA)||3.45||16th|
|Kevin Thomas (A+)||2.65||13th|
|Deryk Hooker (A)||2.4||3rd|
|Shelby Miller (A)||2.42||5th|
|Justin Smith (A)||2.59||8th|
|Scott Schneider (A)||2.76||10th|
|Michael Blazek (A)||2.83||11th|
|Joe Kelly (A)||3.75||16th|
|Chase Reid (A-)||1,83||4th|
|Keith Butler (A-)||1.93||5th|
|John Gast (A-)||2.29||9th|