Miami righty Brian Van Belle (Aaron Fitt)


D1 Analytics: 2020 Top Senior 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 senior pitchers who came of the gates spotting it up and getting ’em out.

With the NCAA still due to announce a final decision on eligibility, these seniors may be returning for another “senior” season in 2021.

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 senior pitchers, led by Miami righty Brian Van Belle who posted a 2-0 record with a 0.68 ERA in four starts covering 26.1 IP. He allowed 16 hits, walked four and struck out 38.

Based on 2020 Statistics

RankPitcherSchoolOverallZone ControlPitch AbilityDurability
1Van Belle, BrianMiami (FL)95.787.393.285.1
2Knack, LandonETSU92.493.994.083.2
3Johnson, ColtonIllinois St.92.184.689.484.8
4Barkley, AaronMississippi Val.90.582.890.7100.0
5Peters, ChristianPortland90.285.192.988.2


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