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.