Virginia Tech's Keely Rochard (VT Photo)


D1Softball Analytics: Top 10 Pitchers


The top pitcher in the nation for the 2020 shortened season is Virginia Tech’s Keely Rochard. Rochard is the  the only pitcher to score in the 90s for all three categories: zone control, pitch ability and durability. The rest of the list includes three Big Ten hurlers, two from the PAC-12 and mid-major arms representing the Big South, Sun Belt, American Athletic and ASUN.

Pitching Analytics

What makes a pitcher exceptional? To identify those with the best performances, we have broken down pitching into three categories: Zone Control, Pitch Ability, and Durability. Zone Control is how well the pitcher controls the strike zone with strikeouts, walks, wild pitches and hit by pitch. Pitch Ability refers to the pitcher’s ability to pitch and uses statistics like WHIP, FIP and Opp SLG. Durability is largely based on innings pitched and batters faced.

We will have player-specific features on each of the Top 10 pitchers throughout the next two weeks.


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