September 19, 2012
PITCHf/x Leaderboards Have Arrived
Up until now, the only way to peruse the PITCHf/x data available at Brooks Baseball was to look up each pitcher's player card individually. That was all well and good, but it made comparing pitchers a painstaking process. Fortunately, Dan Brooks just made that process much easier by building some bona fide leaderboards at BP.
These leaderboards draw on the same dataset you see at Brooks Baseball, custom classifications and all. So now it takes a couple of clicks to look up which pitchers throw hardest or softest, which pitches are hardest to hit, and a whole host of other interesting insights. Use the dropdowns to filter by handedness, month, year, pitch type, role, and minimum pitches thrown. You can access additional data by selecting "Outcomes" and "Averages" in the dropdown set to "PITCHf/x" by default.
To access the leaderboards, either click on this link or, once you forget where to find this blog post, click on the "Statistics" tab on the navbar at the top of the homepage or any article/archive page and select "PITCHf/x leaderboards" from the dropdown menu. We—and by "we," I mean Dan—are still tinkering with and adding to the stats included here, so leave a comment below and let us know if there's anything else you'd like to see.
One other addition, while we're announcing things: Dan also added graphical yearly breakdowns to the Brooks player cards, right below the Pitch Sequencing Section. They look like this, but bigger and exportable (pictured: Justin Verlander).