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The Kings of Command: Present -- and future -- stars

Updated: February 21, 2008, 4:41 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Pitching can be so volatile.

It's a statement you have heard time and time again, often used to stress that you shouldn't invest too many dollars or high draft picks in pitching. Yet it fails to address the question: Who are the safe pitchers I should be targeting?

That's where the "Kings of Command" come in.

Using a defined set of criteria based on a pitcher's defense-independent statistics, otherwise known as command ratios, we can identify potential bargain candidates, ...

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