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5. 2. A pitcher’s Command in tandem with Dominance (strikeout rate) provides even greater predictive abilities. 96 BB allowed x 9 / IP Measures how many walks a pitcher allows per game equivalent. 8 or less. Dominance rate (Dom, k/9), or opposition strikeouts/game Strikeouts recorded x 9 / IP Measures how many strikeouts a pitcher allows per game equivalent. 0 or higher. This helps to highlight the limited upside potential of softtossers with pinpoint control. The extra dominance makes a huge difference.
But how does aging affect each demonstrable pitching skill? Strikeout rate (k/9): Declines fairly linearly beginning at age 25. Walk rate (bb/9): Improves until age 25 and holds somewhat steady until age 29, at which point it begins to steadily worsen. Deteriorating k/9 and bb/9 rates result in inefficiency, as it requires far more pitches to get an out. For starting pitchers, this affects the ability to pitch deep into games. Innings Pitched per game (IP/G): Among starters, it improves slightly until age 27, then tails off considerably with age, costing pitchers nearly one full IP/G by age 33 and one more by age 39.
Walk rate (bb%): Trends the opposite way with age compared to contact rate, as batters tend to peak at age 30 and largely remain there until they turn 38. Stolen Base Opportunity (SBO): Typically, players maintain their SBO through age 27, but then reduce their attempts steadily in each remaining year of their careers. RAR can also be used to calculate rough projected team wonloss records. (Roger Miller) Total the RAR levels for all the players on a team, divide by 10 and add to 53 wins. Runs created (Patrick Davitt) While targeting players “age 26 with experience” as potential breakout candidates has become a commonly accepted concept, a study has found that cumulative plate appearances, especially during the first two years of a young player’s career, can also have predictive value in assessing a coming spike in production.