The International Baseball Community (IBC) ranking is a bi-annual recognition of the members of the Baseball Jobs Overseas website who were playing around the globe during the most recent season.  For this top pitchers ranking, we take a look at the 2018 summer season where most BBJO members were in Europe while some were in semi-pro leagues in Canada. 

Assigning the Italian Baseball League and Dutch Hoofdklasse a rank of 10, we ranked all other leagues and from 1-10 in order to measure the strength of performance of each pitcher. We used the following algorithm for the ranking:

Player ranking points = League strength – ERA

Other qualifying criteria:

  • Must have been a member of Baseball Jobs Overseas who signed overseas using the website as a tool, directly or indirectly resulting in their 2018 signing. 
  • Must have pitched > 45 innings
  • Must be an import player (ie. not a BBJO member who is a home grown player of the local team)

Congratulations to all of our members for a great season overseas and for doing a great job at growing the game internationally.


Top 25 IBC Pitchers: 2018 Summer Season

*Based on regular season stats except for those who played on clubs which made the playoffs. In those instances, wherever possible, we combined regular season stats with playoff stats. Playdown stats were not considered

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Tim Brown – Stuttgart Reds (Germany) 4.22 1-4 36 11
Jake Levin – Saarlouis Hornets (Germany) 4.42 3-6 75.1 65 32
Logan Grigsby – Heidenheim Heideköpfe (Germany) 4.76 3-1 58.4 61 52
James Watts – Mainz Athletics (Germany) 5.10 3-5 60 46 36
Joe Wittig – Prague Eagles (Czech Republic) 5.12 4-4 56.3 52 21
Stephen Swagerty – Hrosi Brno (Czech) 5.66 5-8 92.3 103 58
Miguelangel Bastidas – Traiskirchen Grasshoppers (Austria) 3.54 8-5 104.1 169 40
Jonathan Mottay – Berlin Flamingos (Germany) 6.18 2-7 67 63 27
Taylor Eichhorst – Sissach Frogs (Switzerland) 5.87 2-6 76.2 96 30

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