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Camilo Pascual
Camilo Pascual as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records

The last two articles which I wrote looked at the 1959 and 1962 seasons. In both of those seasons, Camilo Pascual showed up as having one of the best seasons of any player in the major leagues. I was intrigued by a player who I had barely heard of and seems to have been largely forgotten shortly after his retirement (he received 4 Hall-of-Fame votes over two seasons) but who was nevertheless apparently one of the best players in baseball at least twice in four seasons. So, I decided to take a bit closer look at the major-league career of Camilo Pascual, and, specifically, how he looks as seen through Player won-lost records.

Looking mostly at Baseball-Reference.com and Wikipedia, here's what I know about Camilo Pascual.
The first table below presents Camilo Pascual's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Camilo Pascual
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1954WS120
48
4.76.30.429-0.7
-0.0
5.15.90.464-0.30.4
1955WS121
43
6.79.80.405-1.4
-0.6
7.88.70.471-0.30.5
1956WS122
43
10.716.80.388-2.8
-1.4
12.515.00.455-1.00.4
1957WS123
32
10.511.90.470-0.4
0.5
11.211.20.4980.21.1
1958WS124
31
11.611.00.5140.6
1.5
11.810.90.5200.71.6
1959WS125
32
16.313.00.5562.2
3.4
17.112.20.5833.04.2
1960WS126
27
10.98.60.5601.5
2.3
10.88.70.5531.42.2
1961MIN27
35
16.916.60.5040.6
2.0
17.715.80.5281.42.8
1962MIN28
34
19.213.80.5813.3
4.7
18.414.60.5582.64.0
1963MIN29
33
17.312.80.5762.9
4.2
16.413.70.5462.03.3
1964MIN30
36
17.616.10.5231.3
3.0
16.916.70.5030.72.4
1965MIN31
27
9.59.70.4930.3
1.1
9.69.60.4990.41.2
1966MIN32
21
6.37.40.459-0.3
0.3
6.37.30.463-0.30.3
1967WS233
28
10.510.40.5020.4
1.2
10.410.40.5000.31.2
1968WS234
31
12.812.70.5000.4
1.4
12.912.60.5080.61.6
35
22
3.96.00.396-0.9
-0.4
3.86.20.381-1.1-0.6
1970LAN36
10
0.20.30.414-0.0
-0.0
0.20.20.474-0.00.0
1971CLE37
9
1.11.00.5160.1
0.2
1.20.90.5590.20.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
542
186.7184.30.5037.0
23.4
190.2180.70.51310.526.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
1
0.40.70.351 -0.10.30.50.402 -0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
543
187.0184.90.503
23.3
190.5181.20.513 26.9


Camilo Pascual's Peak
From 1959 - 1964, Camilo Pascual was named to the All-Star team 5 times in 6 seasons, received MVP votes 3 times, led the league in complete games, shutouts, and strikeouts three times apiece, and recorded 20 traditional pitching wins twice.

The next table shows the top 10 players from 1959 - 1964 in pWins over replacement level.

Top Players, 1959 - 1964
(ranked by pWORL)
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
Willie Mays155.4107.819.830.4
Mickey Mantle119.373.419.727.5
Eddie Mathews125.291.415.023.6
Hank Aaron148.4111.113.023.3
Whitey Ford97.873.115.222.8
Frank Robinson134.498.412.421.8
Roger Maris116.282.112.520.5
Larry Jackson103.686.711.620.0
Camilo Pascual98.380.911.919.7
Ken Boyer130.4107.09.919.4


Most Similar Players to Camilo Pascual
The next table shows the ten players most similar to Camilo Pascual in career Player won-lost records (since 1947).



Most Similar Players to Camilo Pascual in Value
(since 1947)
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Camilo Pascual
542
186.7184.37.0
23.4
190.2180.710.526.9
Javier Vazquez
458
178.4173.56.7
24.5
181.5170.49.827.7
Mel Stottlemyre Sr.
366
164.1151.910.5
24.3
163.1153.09.523.2
Jake Peavy
393
151.3143.77.8
22.6
153.8141.310.225.1
Burt Hooton
481
156.4151.56.9
20.2
155.7152.16.219.6
Frank Viola
421
173.9163.06.8
22.9
173.3163.66.222.3
Cole Hamels
402
161.8143.913.6
28.8
157.6148.09.424.7
Lew Burdette
666
184.5173.610.9
27.1
181.2176.87.723.8
Fernando Valenzuela
474
188.4182.09.3
25.8
185.3185.16.222.7
Mark Buehrle
518
195.5175.410.8
30.7
193.7177.19.128.9
John Burkett
446
160.9161.23.4
19.7
162.5159.65.021.3


That's a pretty good set of players. It includes three Cy Young award winners and two World Series MVPs. Still, most of these players were not as good, at their best, as Camilo Pascual was at his.

The six seasons of Camilo Pascual's peak, 1959 - 1964, were Camilo Pascual's age-25 through age-30 seasons. Here are the top 10 players most similar to Pascual from ages 25 through 30 in terms of pWOPA, pWORL, eWOPA, and eWORL (regardless of how they accumulated them in terms of offense vs. defense or position) since 1921.

Most Similar Players to Camilo Pascual in Value
Ages 25 through 30 (since 1947)
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Camilo Pascual
197
98.380.911.9
19.7
97.481.711.018.9
Scott Rolen
786
109.383.711.8
19.5
108.484.610.918.6
Lance Berkman
911
129.397.711.7
20.6
128.798.311.120.0
George Foster
820
118.989.711.3
19.4
118.390.310.718.8
Johnny Bench
851
101.176.912.3
19.2
99.778.310.917.8
Robin Yount
823
113.795.711.2
19.4
113.496.010.919.1
Frank E. Thomas
858
101.273.89.8
18.0
101.773.310.318.5
Bobby Grich
803
106.587.312.2
19.6
104.789.210.417.8
Rickey Henderson
823
124.996.612.0
20.5
125.096.512.120.6
Roy Halladay
173
76.652.712.1
19.2
75.054.310.617.6
Eddie Murray
861
108.177.812.5
19.6
105.680.410.017.0


That's a much better list! Five Hall-of-Famers, almost certain to become six this summer. Unfortunately for Pascual, the next table shows the career records of these same 11 players (including Pascual) outside of ages 25 through 30.

Career Value, excluding Ages 25 through 30
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Camilo Pascual
88.4103.4-4.9
3.7
92.899.0-0.58.1
Scott Rolen
156.6137.47.7
18.8
155.0138.96.217.2
Lance Berkman
110.989.86.5
14.4
109.591.35.013.0
George Foster
144.8133.50.9
11.5
145.2133.21.211.9
Johnny Bench
144.7120.412.4
23.0
145.0120.112.623.3
Robin Yount
253.8250.06.9
26.4
255.1248.68.227.7
Frank E. Thomas
152.6116.413.7
28.6
152.8116.213.928.8
Bobby Grich
147.0130.411.1
21.9
149.1128.213.224.0
Rickey Henderson
302.3257.016.3
38.6
304.2255.118.240.5
Roy Halladay
94.880.48.8
17.7
93.781.57.716.5
Eddie Murray
237.3207.16.0
25.3
232.7211.71.420.7


Still, there are not many players that can match up any of their career with Hall-of-Famers, much less a six-year stretch where they were legitimately one of the best players in major-league baseball. Camilo Pascual can.



All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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