Here’s a nasty open secret about pitching: young pitchers don’t get better as they age. There is no peak age, as soon as they start firing bullets they start running out of time.
Nothing is that simple, of course, but today’s baseball is certainly working this way. We used to think that players peaked at 27-28, but now we’re seeing that certain things — like power — might peak early, and other things — like reach rate — might peak later.
Other than to depress you about your favorite young pitcher, this realization can serve to give us insight into how teams approach pitching.
To read more about the effect of age on starting pitchers, click here.
Source: Eno Sarris (Sports on Earth)