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June 25, 2013

The Stash List

Checking Back in on the Debut Debate

by Bret Sayre


Around two-and-a-half months ago, I wrote an article about whether we should be plugging pitchers making their major-league debuts directly into our starting lineups. After reviewing 10 years of data, I came to the conclusion that if the pitcher is a "current" Top 100 prospect, he should be started, and he should probably be on your bench if he's not. As of this past week, when Zack Wheeler threw six shutout innings in his major-league debut, we had now seen 20 different pitchers make their major-league debuts in a starting role this season—and it seemed like a good time to take a look back and see if the hypothesis continued to hold true.

IP

ERA

WHIP

H

ER

BB

SO

HR

GSc

All Debuts

104 1/3

4.31

1.25

101

50

29

87

15

51.15

Top 100 Debuts

35 1/3

2.55

1.05

28

10

9

33

3

59.00

Non-Top 100 Debuts

69

5.22

1.35

73

40

20

54

12

47.79

And boy has it. Of those 20 starts, six have come from players who were on the Baseball America Top 100 prospect list (which I used for consistency's sake, as the BP lists don't go back that far). Those six players have been excellent in aggregate, and here are their debuts individually:

Player

Age

Date

Opp

IP

H

ER

BB

SO

HR

GSc

Jose Fernandez

20.25

4/7/13

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