Before the season had started, Eno Sarris of FanGraphs mentioned in a discussion with fellow analyst Jason Collette that improved catcher performance may help Worley return to baseball relevance in 2014. I decided to do a little research to see if his theory was supported with data.
Below is a table of the pitchers with highest percentage of pitches that resulted in called strikes from 2010-2013.
Clearly, there are other factors than just pitch framing that go into Worley’s success. His contact rate has been increasing, his velocity is low, and he has been drawing fewer whiffs. But, baseball is baseball, and maybe things will fall the right way for Worley in 2014.
***Post-editing addition: This rather obscure call was looking pretty good on July 11, as Worley had posted a 3.03 ERA in five starts. However, Francisco Liriano has returned from the disabled list, which bumped Worley into the bullpen for now. Hopefully he will get another shot later in the year, but he’ll have to wait.
Statistics are from FanGraphs, Baseball Reference, Baseball Savant, and StatCorner.