Originally Posted by mace
Don't know why, but Quezada came out after four innings and 33 pitches. If the box is right, Carlos Gonzalez got three outs on three pitches in the fifth, and James Allen got three outs on five pitches in the sixth. It's still 1-1. Buckley is 2-2.
redsof72 has it right. Kind of. The pitch counts are correct for AA and AAA. At those levels they have stringers input each pitch with an approximate location as well as hit data (also an approximate location). That is why they have gameday links, they actually have someone tracking the pitches.
At the levels below AA, they don't have the same kind of stringers. All those guys do is track the final result of the play and an approximate hit location data when the ball is put in play. With pitches, for a non walk/non strikeout the pitcher is only awarded one pitch no matter the actual amount of pitches thrown. With a walk, he gets 4 balls and no strikes awarded to him, even if he had a 20 pitch at bat. For strikeouts, you get 3 strikes no matter how many you actually threw.
I don't know why the pitch counts were added to the lower levels this year if they aren't going to have a stringer actually keeping track of them.