Originally Posted by jojo
Top 10% in what?
Based upon WAR, he isn't even in the top 25% (ranked 58th out of 219 starting pitchers who have pitched at least 300 innings between 2006 and 2012).
But keep in mind, he has needed a lot of innings to rack up his WAR of 13.7.
If you limit the list to 1000+ innings, he's at the bottom among guys like John Garland, Joe Saunders, Kyle Lohse, Ervin Santana, Paul Maholm... or to look at it another way, ignore innings when populating the list of starters between 2006-2012 and just rank arms by WAR. Arroyo is nestled between John Smoltz and Mike Mussina. That's great company to be in but Arroyo needed 65% more innings to get there. Guys who never made single start during that time like Rivera and Papelbon have more WAR than Arroyo.
He's a rubber arm. Jocketty has put great defenses behind Arroyo for most of Bronson's career as a Red. Arroyo may get into the Reds HOF because of longevity and cult of personality but it's Jocketty who deserves the credit for making the choice tolerable.
Arroyo is such an unique pitcher I enjoy the discussions that arise from his performance.
Off the top of my head I consider him a pitcher who is right about league average. (Totally painting with a broad brush) Certainly above replacement level. So how valuable is 200+ IP of league average pitching basically penciled into your roster?