Major League Record Book: Seasonal WAR (Pitchers)

We’ve reached the end! Wins above replacement (from baseball-reference.com) for major league pitchers since the 2006 draft…

1 Chris Devenski Woodstock ’11 2016 2.8
2 Chris Perez Staunton ’04 2010 2.5
Tyler Thornburg Winchester ’08 2016 2.5
4 Will Harris Staunton ’03 2015 2.2
5 Brandon Beachy Woodstock ’08 2012 2.1
6 David Carpenter Covington ’04 2013 2.0
7 Tyler Thornburg Winchester ’08 2013 1.9
8 Will Harris Staunton ’03 2016 1.7
9 Brandon Beachy Woodstock ’08 2011 1.6
10 Chad Kuhl New Market ’12 2016 1.1

Fascinating- according to WAR, Chris Devenski’s 2016 season was the most valuable of any major league season (by VBL alums, of course) since the 2006 draft! Tyler Thornburg wasn’t far behind, and Will Harris and Chad Kuhl also joined the list in 2016. (Perspective- 5+ WAR usually means an All-Star season, while 8+ means an MVP season.)

Well, the record book is finished for another year! Stay tuned, though; much more to come!

Chris Devenski firing a pitch for the Astros

Chris Devenski firing a pitch for the Astros

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