Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Pitchers to Watch in 2024 Based on Stuff+

Stuff+ is a new statistic that measures how good a pitcher's pitch metrics were, so who are some potential Pirates players to watch based on that?

Sep 5, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Hunter Stratton (63)
Sep 5, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Hunter Stratton (63) / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Could these three pitchers surprise with the Pittsburgh Pirates this season?

Stuff+ is a new statistic aiming to measure how ‘nasty’ a pitch is. According to FanGraphs, it factors in multiple noteworthy elements of a pitch, such as its speed, spin rate, movement, and release point. Although it’s not a predictive statistic, one could use it as a tool to predict who could break out next season. Good stuff means there’s potential for more.

That’s exactly what I’m here to look at today. The Pittsburgh Pirates have a few pitchers who appeared in the Majors last year and registered high remarks per stuff+. Keep in mind that this is on a similar scale to something such as wRC+ or ERA+, where 100 is average, 101 is 1% better than average, and so on.