DIGGING DATA: 2018’s Strawberry Start Studs

Back in the halcyon days before Baseball Farm was born, Chip Bourne created a methodology for determining which hitters and pitchers at each MiLB level had the best performances on the prior day. Tweaking the pitching performance data to determine the ‘best’ starts proved to be surprisingly tricky. So Chip came up with a formula which we have christened the “Strawberry Start Ratio” (SSR).

The SSR is inspired by Baseball HQ’s work on the PQS system. Basically, a pitcher gets credit for hitting certain benchmarks during the course of a start. The benchmarks for our SSR system are:

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