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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

MLB’s 10 biggest surprises so far including White Sox lefty Carlos Rodón and Orioles All-Star Cedric Mullins

According to league sources, Carlos Rodón was unwilling to entertain offers over the winter that required him to pitch out of the bullpen. What seemed like a misjudgement at the time—he hadn’t been an effective big-league starter since 2018—now looks like the decision of someone who knew better days were coming. Prior to hitting the injured list on Wednesday, Rodón had accumulated a 2.38 ERA (178 ERA+) and 5.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 109 innings. His velocity is up, from 92.8 mph to 95.8 mph, and his signature slider remains a bat-missing weapon, evading lumber on more than 40 percent of the swings taken against it. He’s got one of seven the no-hitters this season; back in April when he threw one against Cleveland. Add in an improved feel for the strike zone, and Rodón now looks like the pitcher he was supposed to become when he was drafted third overall in 2014.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2021 at 10:40 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 12, 2021 at 10:08 AM (#6034023)
The link does not go to the story of the headline.

That list seems woefully incomplete without Votto on it. Joey Votto is 3rd in the NL in Slg%, after slugging only .420 the previous 3 seasons combined... #VottoStillBangs

edit: if only he walked more... lol
   2. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 12, 2021 at 10:13 AM (#6034025)

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