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 sh*t. That’s why there are analytics and saber metrics used in baseball..