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2011 First-Year Pitchers with at least 0.5 WAR

Thanks to High Heat Stats we got a nice look on rookie pitchers this past year. The Diamondbacks were one of three teams to have at least three rookie pitchers with a at least a 0.5 WAR. Some highlights:

- Josh Collmenter posted the 3rd best ERA+ among rookie starters with a minimum of five starts (117)

- Bryan Shaw had the 5th best ERA+ overall among all rookie pitchers with at least 25 IP (157)

- Joe Paterson was the 2nd most prominent rookie pitcher seen in 2011, appearing in a total of 62 games.

- Even more impressive is the fact that all of them pitched in the NLDS.


All three players had FIPs of 3.80 or lower in 2011 and Bill James does not project any massive regression for any of them in 2012. With more rookie arms like Bauer, Skaggs, Holmberg, Corbin, Chafin, Bradley, and Meo on the way, this lists seems likely to be populated with Diamondbacks for a another few years.

Rk Player WAR Age Tm Lg G GS GF W L SV IP H BB SO ERA ERA+
1 Michael Pineda 2.8 22 SEA AL 28 28 0 9 10 0 171.0 133 55 173 3.74 103
2 Josh Collmenter 2.4 25 ARI NL 31 24 3 10 10 0 154.1 137 28 100 3.38 117
3 Aaron Crow 2.1 24 KCR AL 57 0 19 4 4 0 62.0 55 31 65 2.76 149
4 Louis Coleman 1.6 25 KCR AL 48 0 11 1 4 1 59.2 44 26 64 2.87 143
5 Al Alburquerque 1.6 25 DET AL 41 0 11 6 1 0 43.1 21 29 67 1.87 220
6 Juan Nicasio 1.5 24 COL NL 13 13 0 4 4 0 71.2 73 18 58 4.14 108
7 Anthony Bass 1.4 23 SDP NL 27 3 6 2 0 0 48.1 41 21 24 1.68 214
8 Javy Guerra 1.4 25 LAD NL 47 0 38 2 2 21 46.2 37 18 38 2.31 162
9 Henderson Alvarez 1.3 21 TOR AL 10 10 0 1 3 0 63.2 64 8 40 3.53 121
10 Zach Britton 1.3 23 BAL AL 28 28 0 11 11 0 154.1 162 62 97 4.61 90
11 Blake Beavan 1.3 22 SEA AL 15 15 0 5 6 0 97.0 106 15 42 4.27 90
12 Eduardo Sanchez 1.2 22 STL NL 26 0 11 3 1 5 30.0 14 16 35 1.80 204
13 Tim Collins 1.1 21 KCR AL 68 0 18 4 4 0 67.0 52 48 60 3.63 113
14 Rex Brothers 1.1 23 COL NL 48 0 6 1 2 1 40.2 33 20 59 2.88 157
15 Randall Delgado 0.9 21 ATL NL 7 7 0 1 1 0 35.0 29 14 18 2.83 135
16 Rubby De La Rosa 0.9 22 LAD NL 13 10 2 4 5 0 60.2 54 31 60 3.71 101
17 Everett Teaford 0.8 27 KCR AL 26 3 7 2 1 1 44.0 36 14 28 3.27 126
18 Alex Cobb 0.8 23 TBR AL 9 9 0 3 2 0 52.2 49 21 37 3.42 110
19 Nathan Eovaldi 0.7 21 LAD NL 10 6 1 1 2 0 34.2 28 20 23 3.63 103
20 Brad Peacock 0.7 23 WSN NL 3 2 0 2 0 0 12.0 7 6 4 0.75 531
21 Lance Lynn 0.7 24 STL NL 18 2 2 1 1 1 34.2 25 11 40 3.12 118
22 Joe Paterson 0.7 25 ARI NL 62 0 17 0 3 1 34.0 28 15 28 2.91 137
23 Michael Stutes 0.6 24 PHI NL 57 0 11 6 2 0 62.0 49 28 58 3.63 107
24 Josh Spence 0.6 23 SDP NL 40 0 8 0 2 0 29.2 14 19 31 2.73 132
25 Dylan Axelrod 0.6 25 CHW AL 4 3 1 1 0 0 18.2 18 9 19 2.89 148
26 David Carpenter 0.6 25 HOU NL 34 0 12 1 3 1 27.2 28 13 29 2.93 131
27 Josh Lindblom 0.6 24 LAD NL 27 0 8 1 0 0 29.2 21 10 28 2.73 138
28 Bryan Shaw 0.5 23 ARI NL 33 0 8 1 0 0 28.1 30 8 24 2.54 157
29 Danny Duffy 0.5 22 KCR AL 20 20 0 4 8 0 105.1 119 51 87 5.64 73
30 Joel Carreno 0.5 24 TOR AL 11 0 3 1 0 0 15.2 11 4 14 1.15 378
31 Ryan Mattheus 0.5 27 WSN NL 35 0 12 2 2 0 32.0 26 15 12 2.81 139

You always get a little worried when your team is this stocked with potential and you have a GM who wants to "win now" but so far we still have a lot to smile about. So let's just keep smiling.

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