Pitcher is the most critical position on the field. Emerson Gibbs pitched nearly 20% of all the innings pitched for Tulane in 2016.
Corey Kluber was the second most valuable player in the MLB last year while only playing ~13% of his teams innings. Max Scherzer was 7th. A good pitcher can definitely be more valuable than a good everyday player because the pitcher has the biggest opportunity to impact the game.
The eye test is dog shit. That’s why there are analytics and saber metrics used in baseball..