BDD: A’s Have A Bright Future

At BDD, I look at the many bright spots that made up the Athletics’ pitching staff this season.

Gio’s problem, as it is with so many other young pitchers, is control. He has walked 56 batters in under 99 innings, a walk rate of over five per nine innings. Hitters have been fortunate on balls in play with a .362 BABIP and they’re not swinging all that often. If he had enough innings to qualify, his 42.3 swing percentage would be tied for fourth-lowest in the Majors. Further, his 75.2 contact percentage would be tied with Tim Lincecum for fourth-lowest in baseball. When he’s around the strike zone, he is dominant.

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  1. eh

    September 26, 2009 04:59 PM

    As a lifelong A’s fan, this one a fun read.

    a few things:

    1) gio’s curve is amazing. It’s very Zito-like. His problem is, most of the time, he doesn’t throw the curve in the strike zone. it’s near a 100 percent swing and miss, not strike taken pitch.

    2) Chris Carter had an amazing year. He’s as good as any prospect in baseball offensively.

    3) The Holliday trade netted Brett Wallace, a 3 slot hitter.

    4) Gio, Travis Buck, and Cunningham were yanked around so much this year, it wasn’t even funny.I could explain if asked.

    5) Brett Anderson is absolutely amazing. A true potential ace at age 21.

    The A’s are a Crawford signing or Granderson trade away from being a very, very good team in two years.

  2. eh

    September 26, 2009 05:04 PM

    I disagree with the cahill point. He was a huge prospect. top 10 i believe. His location has been HORRIBLE. His cutter is amazing, but i do agree, he needs to K more guys.He has a lot to learn, but is a definite front of the line starter in the future.

    Mazzaro is another name, though I am not a fan at all, he has had a great minor league career as well.

    As you mentioned about Bailey, but guys like Gray, Wuertz, Ziegler, Kilby, Breslow, along with a healthy Devine, and good prospects like Demel and Carrigan, their pen will be great for years to go.

    Remember the name, Arnold Leon.

    Keep following: Grant Desme.

    Finally, Matt Spencer had a great season. Really raked all year.

  3. Bill Baer

    September 26, 2009 05:52 PM

    Thanks for elaborating on the A’s, eh. The A’s and Astros have really been the only teams that have actually received prospects from the Phillies that have turned out to be good, although the jury is definitely still out on Gonzalez and Cardenas. Were it the stock market, I would definitely invest in Gio.

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