Thursday, January 25, 2024

Newsletter Excerpt, January 25, 2024 -- "The Disappearing Starter"

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"The last couple of years, just two pitchers under 24 have thrown even 150 innings in the pros. Those 16 pitchers on BP’s Top 101 averaged 92 1/3 innings last year. The group from ten years ago, even with those teenagers on it, averaged 114. MLB teams, really the entire business, took the lesson of Pitcher Abuse Points -- stop overworking your youngest arms -- and overlearned it. They’re now trapped in a cycle where they just pitch everyone less, and pitchers still get hurt, so they pitch them less, and they still get hurt, and now the top prospects in baseball are working less than Jeff Bezos’s hair stylist...and they still get hurt."