I started this in the fanpost below me, but decided this guy deserves his own. I just wanted to hear what everyone else thinks of this guy.
He's coming up on his career high innings pitched mark (149.1 last year in the minors), but I wonder how many innings he put on his arm in the Mexican league? I have not been able to find those stats online.
Looking first at his work as a bullpen arm, I think it's safe to say that is where he started to become known to alot of us. Bigjoe even coined the term "The Revelation" because of his incredible line coming out of the 'pen:
21.2 IP, 16 H, 3 ER, 0 HR, 5 BB, 17 K, 1.25 ERA
That's some filthy stuff. But lately he's been acting as our #2 starter and doing a damn good job.
86.1 IP, 76 H, 28 ER, 9 HR, 16 BB, 59 K, 2.92 ERA
What I notice first is the fact that he's walking less than 2 batters per 9 innings (1.67 to be exact). Any time you can limit your walks like that you're taking the first step to becoming a successful big league pitcher. The H/9 seem high (about 7.95) and I cannot imagine they will get any lower once the league has a readily available supply of tape on him. He's averaging over 6 K's per 9 innings, which is also pretty damn good (his changeup is so nice). He's averaging close to 1 HR per 9 innings, which seems to be close to league average (could be very wrong here, so please let me know otherwise). All in all, he's doing a fantastic job and most of it is pretty much in line with his minor league numbers. I see no reason why he cannot be our #3 starter for the next couple of seasons, and the fact that we've got him near the league minimum until 2010 after which he will become arb eligible.
What do you guys think?