Standard Baseball Pitching Stats
What pitching stats are you currently tracking? Every pitcher from little league to the big leagues needs feed back on how well thay are doing. Sometimes, it might be hard to truly evaluate a pitcher's effectiveness unless you know how to study the stats. Young pitchers should also be trained to properly evaluate their performance.
Let's look at some stats that should be kept.
Pitching Stats Tracted: IP (Innings Pitched)
(based on 7 innings HS- or 9 innings for college/professional)
W - L% [ W/(W + L) ]
GP (total games pitched- or game appearances)
ERA Earned Run Average [ 7 * ER/IP ]
ER (earned runs allowed)
BF (total batters faced)
BB (base on balls)
SO (strikeouts recorded)
SO/7 (Strikeout Avg per game)
WHIP (BB + Hits)/IP
TP (total pitches)
K% (percentage of strikes thrown) (strikes/TP)
Pitching Stats can sometimes be misleading. Examine the two sets of stats below:
W-L 6 - 4
If you only concentrated on the W-L record, pitcher #1 would appear to have been more effective. But when we take a closer look at the IP compared to the hits allowed, strikeouts, and walks, we would clearly see that pitcher #2 has been more effective even though his overall W-L record is lower. You would need to compare the strength of opponents and the overall team's effectiveness to compare the differences in W-L records.
One item that can give a quick indication of effectiveness is the pitchers WHIP. The WHIP is the total number of BB + Hits divided by the total innings pitched. In recent years, this stat has been a better indicator of a pitcher's effectiveness.
One stat often overlooked is the perctage of strikes a pitcher throws in a game. We keep the stats listed below during the game and post them each week with our overall stats:
Number of Balls and Strikes
K% - the percentage of strikes thrown compared to total pitches.
%FPK - the percentage of first pitch strikes thrown to each batter faced during the game.
Every coach should have a good system to track pitches and study feedback during and after the game. Although we keep a thorough pitching chart during the game, we found a device several years ago that gives immediate feedback.
The deivce we use is Coach Dave's Pitch Counter. We use the Pitch Counter Model 400, which tracks balls and strikes and calculates the percentage of strikes being thrown during the game. This hand hald device is really handy and can give us immediate calculations.
We like for our pitchers at the high school level to average
15-18 pitches per inning and throw 65% strikes druing the game.
Model 400 can track two pitchers at a time (A and B) and also has a stop watch included. We have found it to be an invaluable device and could not play a game without it.
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