May 1, 2017
New-Stats Rookie Antonio Senzatela
The cruelest month is over, and although most breakouts still aren’t real and most bad teams still have time to turn things around, we can finally say that anything going on in baseball has lasted for the full first month of the season. We also have a chance to survey the various leaderboards (we have so many leaderboards now! This is The Golden Age of Leaderboards) to see if anything really leaps out at us.
And hey, something does! (I’m as surprised as you are.) When you sort our leaderboard for Called Strike Probability (CSPROB, for short, one of the new suite of stats we broke out earlier this year to analyze pitchers), with a minimum of 20 innings pitched on the year, the guy at the top is the Rockies’ rocket-armed rookie righty, Antonio Senzatela. In other words, of the 124 pitchers who have pitched most over the first month, no one has been around the zone more than Senzatela. For a rookie, that’s impressive. For a guy who pitches his home games in Colorado, it’s doubly impressive. For a rookie who pitches his home games in Colorado and all games in the most homer-happy era of the major leagues we have ever known, it’s arguably even more impressive.