The art of the power pitcher isn’t as relevant in today’s game as it has been in the past. Power pitchers used to dominate games, and still do to an extent, but we aren’t seeing the likes of Nolan Ryan and Bob Gibson anytime soon.
Power pitchers use their high-velocity pitches, mostly fastballs, to rack up a high number of strikeouts per nine innings. In some cases, this display of brute force is subdued by wildness and high walk numbers. A good power pitcher can allow fans to forget about the walks by sending hitter after hitter on their way back to their respective dugout with nothing to show for their at-bat.
Today’s game has many good power pitchers, but an equal number of overrated ones. Here are my top 12 most overrated power pitchers in Major League Baseball.