Pitchers under 24, ERA+ > 100

Figured this was a decent quick-and-dirty way Jon Niese’s success in context. These are all the guys under 24 with an ERA+ over 100 that qualify for the ERA title. Not sure why WHIP isn’t on the table. Also, Mat Latos is awesome.

Rk Player ERA+ Age Tm W L IP BB SO ERA HR BA OBP SLG
1 Trevor Cahill 163 22 OAK 12 5 140.2 42 81 2.50 11 .195 .262 .297
2 Mat Latos 156 22 SDP 12 5 135.2 39 134 2.32 13 .192 .254 .306
3 Felix Hernandez 154 24 SEA 8 10 189.0 52 172 2.62 13 .231 .288 .336
4 Jaime Garcia 149 23 STL 10 5 126.1 51 99 2.71 6 .241 .315 .317
5 David Price 147 24 TBR 15 5 151.2 64 141 2.85 10 .227 .310 .345
6 Yovani Gallardo 133 24 MIL 11 5 139.1 55 154 2.97 6 .237 .311 .335
7 Johnny Cueto 124 24 CIN 11 3 141.1 44 102 3.38 12 .252 .318 .392
8 Clayton Kershaw 122 22 LAD 10 7 150.1 64 157 3.17 9 .223 .310 .326
9 Jonathon Niese 119 23 NYM 7 5 133.0 42 105 3.38 14 .262 .325 .394
10 Tommy Hanson 118 23 ATL 8 8 148.0 43 137 3.41 8 .249 .316 .348
11 Gio Gonzalez 117 24 OAK 10 8 147.0 66 121 3.49 10 .233 .317 .332
12 Mike Leake 111 22 CIN 8 4 135.2 47 86 3.78 17 .281 .342 .430
13 Brett Cecil 102 23 TOR 9 6 125.0 39 89 3.96 13 .239 .295 .387
14 Phil Hughes 101 24 NYY 14 5 134.2 38 110 3.94 17 .250 .300 .395
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/17/2010.

3 thoughts on “Pitchers under 24, ERA+ > 100

  1. Ya know, I thought our pitchers had a raw deal with the low era and poor run support, leading to a poor W-L record.

    But then I look to Seattle. Felix Hernandez has a 2.62 ERA and is 8-10. He has also pitched 189 innings over 26 games, which is roughly 7 and 1/3 innings per start. So, on average, he gets into the 8th inning. It’s not like he’s Maining himself by throwing 120 pitches, allowing 2 runs through 5 innings and calling it a day.

    He’ll be a Yankee in 4 years. Dammit.

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ERA%2B

      Easy way to think of it is like SAT scores, IQ, or QB rating — it’s scaled so that 100 is average. So an ERA+ of 120 means you’re 20-percent better than average. It’s park- and league-adjusted, but it’s not based on batted-ball rates or anything like that, like xFIP or tRA, so it’s a measure of past performance and not necessarily an indicator of future performance.

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