A’s Pitcher Similarity Scores

Over at Beyond the Boxscore, Stephen Loftus has posted Pitcher Similarity Scores. The scores compare pitchers to each other based on:

  • Pitch Velocity
  • Pitch Break (Horizontally and Vertically)
  • Pitch Locations
  • Pitch Release Point

Curious about how the A’s scored, I extracted the A’s pitchers from the spreadsheet. A few pitchers didn’t seem to throw enough pitches last year to qualify (Brett Anderson, Sean Doolittle, Pat Neshek), while Fernando Rodriguez is on it, even though he hasn’t been seen in Oakland yet, because he got hurt in spring training.

A few notes:

  • A.J. Griffin is only mildly Zitoesque, and is actually more similar to Jerry Blevins, of all people.
  • Griffin is the only player on the A’s who does not have R.A. Dickey among his 10 least-similar players.
  • Bartolo Colon has the most-similar least-similar player in baseball, if that makes sense. His similarity to John Axford, his least similar player, scores higher in similarity than any other player’s least-similar player. I assume that’s because Colon throws mostly fastballs.
  • Tommy Milone seems to be the most unique pitcher on the A’s. His #1 comp score (Jason Vargas, 0.739) would be the 24th-highest score on Bartolo Colon’s list.

Enjoy:

Bartolo Colon
Jeanmar Gomez 0.868
Zach Britton 0.843
Dillon Gee 0.823
Travis Blackley 0.818
Joe Saunders 0.804
Christhian Martinez 0.799
Luis Ayala 0.797
Hiroki Kuroda 0.792
Rick Porcello 0.788
Kyle Lohse 0.781
R.A. Dickey 0.356
Matt Thornton 0.355
Steve Delabar 0.350
Fernando Rodriguez 0.339
Esmil Rogers 0.319
Tim Collins 0.315
Aroldis Chapman 0.306
Mike Fiers 0.296
Josh Collmenter 0.247
John Axford 0.241
A.J. Griffin
Liam Hendricks 0.835
Wi-Yin Chen 0.806
Jerry Blevins 0.750
Jeff Karstens 0.743
Kyle Lohse 0.732
Randy Wolf 0.724
Phil Hughes 0.710
Colby Lewis 0.707
Ernesto Frieri 0.700
Josh Lindblom 0.696
Barry Zito 0.533
Mitchell Boggs 0.290
Jim Johnson 0.287
Aaron Laffey 0.276
Jake Westbrook 0.274
Jonathan Papelbon 0.249
Vinnie Pestano 0.248
Brandon League 0.240
Steven Cishek 0.222
Roy Halladay 0.196
R.A. Dickey 0.098
Jarrod Parker
Anthony Swarzak 0.879
Ubaldo Jimenez 0.878
Jeremy Guthrie 0.869
Randall Delgado 0.864
Bud Norris 0.858
Zack Grienke 0.819
James Shields 0.813
Christian Friedrich 0.812
Chris Resop 0.811
Tyson Ross 0.803
Carlos Zambrano 0.367
Kameron Loe 0.364
Roland Belisario 0.357
Derek Lowe 0.351
Jose Arredondo 0.349
Roy Halladay 0.312
Brandon League 0.291
Josh Collmenter 0.281
Joe Smith 0.256
R.A. Dickey 0.199
Tommy Milone
Jason Vargas 0.739
Travis Wood 0.704
Wade LeBlanc 0.703
P.J. Walters 0.678
Chris Capuano 0.669
Cole Hamels 0.648
Ryan Vogelsong 0.642
Ian Kennedy 0.631
Phil Hughes 0.626
Jonathan Sanchez 0.622
Luke Gregerson 0.187
Jose Arredondo 0.184
Vinnie Pestano 0.179
Luis Ayala 0.172
Roland Belisario 0.148
Jared Hughes 0.147
Joe Smith 0.133
R.A. Dickey 0.131
Brandon League 0.110
Steven Cishek 0.101
Grant Balfour
Clayton Kershaw 0.870
Wade Davis 0.858
Chris Tillman 0.844
Mat Latos 0.799
Joe Nathan 0.760
Matt Garza 0.750
Brandon Morrow 0.735
Kenley Jansen 0.730
Bud Norris 0.714
Greg Holland 0.714
Erik Bedard 0.187
Chris Capuano 0.186
Roy Halladay 0.186
Jeff Francis 0.180
Shawn Camp 0.173
Derek Lowe 0.170
Doug Fister 0.162
Dallas Keuchel 0.160
Joe Smith 0.158
R.A. Dickey 0.072
Jerry Blevins
Brian Duensing 0.784
Liam Hendricks 0.767
Jeff Karstens 0.753
A.J. Griffin 0.750
Tom Gorzelanny 0.735
Randy Wolf 0.734
Madison Bumgarner 0.724
Kyle Lohse 0.719
Dillon Gee 0.715
Blake Beavan 0.708
Joel Peralta 0.282
Vinnie Pestano 0.280
Tom Wilhelmsen 0.279
Aroldis Chapman 0.274
John Axford 0.274
Chris Young 0.259
Roy Halladay 0.244
Josh Collmenter 0.225
Tim Collins 0.219
R.A. Dickey 0.192
Ryan Cook
Pedro Strop 0.875
Glen Perkins 0.835
Jeff Samardzija 0.802
Carlos Marmol 0.801
Henderson Alvarez 0.801
Jason Hammel 0.751
Tyler Chatwood 0.735
Joel Hanrahan 0.735
Adam Ottavino 0.723
Garrett Richards 0.706
Chris Young 0.245
Jose Arredondo 0.242
R.A. Dickey 0.223
Tim Collins 0.215
Scott Diamond 0.212
Mike Fiers 0.204
Samuel Deduno 0.194
Josh Tomlin 0.176
Joel Peralta 0.137
Josh Collmenter 0.103
Chris Resop
Fernando Salas 0.821
Tyson Ross 0.812
Jarrod Parker 0.811
Anthony Swarzak 0.796
Jeremy Guthrie 0.792
Heath Bell 0.790
Homer Bailey 0.778
Ivan Nova 0.777
Ubaldo Jimenez 0.776
Randall Delgado 0.771
Carlos Zambrano 0.291
Dallas Keuchel 0.288
Roy Halladay 0.242
Josh Collmenter 0.240
Brandon League 0.235
Jason Marquis 0.233
R.A. Dickey 0.191
Derek Lowe 0.187
Shawn Camp 0.170
Joe Smith 0.142
Fernando Rodriguez
Heath Bell 0.797
Wade Davis 0.771
Fernando Salas 0.758
Tim Collins 0.727
Joe Nathan 0.709
James Shields 0.707
Tyler Clippard 0.689
Edison Volquez 0.684
Mat Latos 0.684
John Axford 0.684
Chris Resop 0.678
Carlos Zambrano 0.189
Christhian Martinez 0.160
Luis Ayala 0.159
Luke Gregerson 0.144
Steven Cishek 0.143
R.A. Dickey 0.114
Derek Lowe 0.101
Jason Marquis 0.091
Shawn Camp 0.088
Joe Smith 0.050
Share This Post
Share on Twitter     Share on Facebook     Share via email
How to email Ken
Take the domain name of this web site. Replace the first period with an @ sign. That's the email address.