BDD: Someone Could Use Nelson Figueroa

At Baseball Daily Digest, I wonder why Nelson Figueroa hasn’t been picked up on more Major League radars.

[…] somehow, Nelson Figueroa — who, granted, is not Cy Young — is having trouble staying in the big leagues. Figueroa has a career 4.54 ERA, including a 4.09 ERA last year with the New York Mets.

He’s an average pitcher, and average pitchers have value. A study by Jeff Sackmann at The Hardball Times over three years ago found that the average #3 starter has a 4.58 ERA. Nelson’s career ERA, again, is 4.54. The average #4’s and 5’s have ERA’s of 5.10 and 6.24 respectively.

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  1. David

    March 25, 2010 04:35 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Nelson was rated as the “4th best” prospect to come out of the Schilling deal, right? His staying power has been pretty remarkable.

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