And how about in the rotation?
There's more immediate hope here, but you know Ricky Nolasco's deal: He's in and around the strike zone so often that he'll yield fantastic results in some outings and horrendous ones in others. You will not predict which will be which, so please do not try. And southpaw Wade LeBlanc? He's just keeping a seat warm.
Henderson Alvarez, 23 in April, throws four-seam (with little movement) and two-seam gas and lives to produce ground balls and weakly hit liners or pop flies. His move from the Toronto Blue Jays to the NL may do something for his K/9 - like bring it into Mark Buehrle territory - so don't overestimate the impact of his plus velocity. He should have a much easier time keeping the ball in the yard, however, and that bodes well for his ERA.
Former Los Angeles Dodger Nate Eovaldi has upside kind of like Bud Norris', but of course he uses so many pitches to get through an inning that he's spent by the sixth. He also has only two major league-caliber pitches; his fastball and slider were more than good enough to get him here, and he may survive, but he's still learning on the job.
The best of the three youngsters projected to make this club's rotation could easily be right-hander Jacob Turner, acquired from the Detroit Tigers last year. His farm record reports plus control (prior to last season) and a penchant for keeping the ball in the yard, and he's long received good marks for his makeup and pitching know-how. A chance to grow up in the Senior Circuit won't hurt his development curve.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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