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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Fernando Perez: The Wade Davis Experience

Fernando Perez was a pretty thoughtful player, and now he’s a pretty interesting writer.

With that in mind, here are two pitchers who make compelling cases for bullpen conversion:

Ivan Nova:

After two years of back-end-of-the-rotation numbers as a rookie and second-year pitcher, Nova showed promise in 2013 when he posted a 3.10 ERA in 139.1 IP. In his last two seasons he has underachieved while battling injuries. Nova’s average fastball velocity of around 93 MPH is similar to Wade Davis’ velocity as a starter. Nova could see the same rise in velocity as a reliever. The Yankees current need is starting pitching, so they’ll likely try to keep Nova in the rotation.

Edwin Jackson:

Despite front-of-the-rotation stuff, Edwin Jackson has posted mid-to-back-of-the-rotation numbers throughout his career. In the last few years, he has failed to make the starting rotation, instead dwelling in the dreaded purgatory between relieving and starting. With an average fastball velocity of about 94 MPH, it’s not crazy to think Edwin could hit 100 mph as a reliever, which would allow him to use more of the plate and potentially alleviate his command anxieties.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 13, 2016 at 09:58 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin jackson, fernando perez, ivan nova, relievers, wade davis

 

 

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