UCLA righty Zach Pettway (Aaron Fitt)


D1 Analytics: 2020 Top Junior Pitchers


After four weeks, the 2020 college baseball season and CWS have been cancelled. However, many players around the country were off to hot starts and today we recognize the junior pitchers who came of the gates spotting it up and getting ’em out.

To identify those with the best performances, we have broken down pitching into three categories: Zone ControlPitch 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 OppSLG. Durability is largely based on innings pitched and batters faced.

The rankings are based on the four weeks of statistics from the 2020 season. They are computed with an adjustment to account for park effects of the most extreme hitter and pitcher-friendly parks, as well as an adjustment for a team’s strength of schedule.

Here are our top 50 junior pitchers, led by UCLA righty Zach Pettway who posted a 3-0 record with a 1.05 ERA in four starts covering 25.2 IP. He allowed 13 hits, walked one and struck out 29.

Based on 2020 Statistics

RankPitcherSchoolOverallZone ControlPitch AbilityDurability
1Pettway, ZachUCLA97.485.793.683.7
2McMahon, ChristopherMiami (FL)94.586.192.084.1
3Zwack, NickXavier93.681.591.181.1
4Wigginton, PeytonMiddle Tenn.
5Olthoff, BradenTulane92.890.194.587.5


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