Goofy Leaderboards: Pace

I have a new favorite stat. Well, it’s not really a stat as much as it is a device most people wear on their wrists.

Pace” is how Fangraphs labels it. It’s the average amount of time a batter or pitcher spends between pitchers. I love this because I value quick workers. I love how fast Fister works and hitters who DON’T STEP OUT BETWEEN EVERY PITCH!

You can tell I feel strongly. Let’s take a look at some numbers.

Position Players – Slowest (among qualifiers)

1. Carlos Pena, 28.0 average seconds between pitches

2. Hanley Ramirez, 26.7

3. Robinson Cano, 26.6

4. Brandon Phillips, 26.3

5. Derek Jeter, 25.0

6. Brennan Boesch, 24.9

7. Ryan Braun, 24.9

8. Danny Espinosa, 24.8

9. David DeJesus, 24.7

10. Allen Craig, 24.7

Position Players – Fastest

1. Michael Bourn, 19.2

2. Dustin Ackley, 19.3

3. Jimmy Rollins, 19.5

4. Jose Reyes, 19.7

5. Kelly Johnson, 19.7

6. Zack Cozart, 20.0

7. Austin Jackson, 20.0

8. Jason Kipnis, 20.0

9. Ben Revere, 20.1

10. Mike Aviles, 20.1

Starting Pitchers – Slowest (among qualifiers)

1. Clay Buchholz, 25.6

2. Josh Beckett, 24.6

3. Jeremy Hellickson, 24.6

4. Ryan Vogelsong, 24.5

5. Yu Darvish, 24.5

Starting Pitchers – Fastest

1. Mark Buehrle, 17.2

2. R.A. Dickey, 17.7

3. Matt Harrison, 17.9

4. Jon Niese, 18.2

5. Clayton Richard, 18.2

Relievers – Slowest (at least 50 IP)

1. Jose Valverde, 32.8

2. Joel Peralta, 32.3

3. Jonathan Broxton, 31.8

4. Jonathan Papelbon, 30.3

5. Rafael Bentancourt, 29.5

I don’t think we have any revelations on these lists, but it’s sure fun to take a look at some of these numbers. Boesch is the slowest Tiger, Jackson the fastest. Valverde is the slowest pitcher and Fister checks in as the fastest Tiger arm at 19.2.

In case you’re wondering, MLB rules state that when the bases are empty, a pitcher must throw a pitch within 20 seconds of the last one. So either some of these guys pitch in a lot of traffic or the boys in blue aren’t enforcing the rule very well. I’ve only seen it called once in my life (against Bentancourt).

Be sure to check back next week for another goofy leaderboard.

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