==Has Farq Supplanted the Bartender?==
Bullpen guys can be hard to figure. Sometimes they can come out of nowhere and carry a team. Sometimes they can have great stuff but never quite manage to convert it to outs when needed.
One thing is pretty obvious, though, it’s better to have too many than not enough.
And it seems that the Zduriencik-McNamara pipeline is pretty well set in that regard. Carter Capps not getting it done? Meet Carson Smith! He’s not “Jeff Nelson 2.0″ after all? Greetings Stephen Kohlscheen! or Tyler Burgoon … or Emilio Pagan …
You get the idea.
Note: Oliver Perez is a free agent, so he does not appear.
|2014 age||2014||2015||2016||2017||2018||2019||2020||Thumbnail commentary|
|Danny Farquhar||27||RH||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||FA||Is he the closer? Well, he faced 89 batters in the 9th inning, and struck out 31 of them, with no HR. So far, so good.|
|Tom Wilhelmsen||30||RH||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||FA||Turns out he was still hard to hit. ISO and HR/9 were fine. But his walk rate and BABIP both zoomed up simultaneously after mid-June.|
|Charlie Furbush||28||LH||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||FA||We’ll take 1.1 WAR (fangraphs) from a lefty middle relief guy.|
|Lucas Luetge||27||LH||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||FA||Still has silver bullets vs. LH, but righties OPS almost .900 against him.|
|Stephen Pryor||24||RH||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||FA||Limited to 7.1 IP by injuries, but they were a very tantalizing 7.1 IP.|
|Carter Capps||23||RH||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||FA||Like a bullpen Brandon Maurer, he just got tattooed (1.8 HR/9). It wasn’t entirely bad luck, but we still believe he can figure it out. If not, there are a host of guys in line.|
|Yoervis Medina||25||RH||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||FA||Quite the escape artist. Managed to combine 5.3 BB/9 and 2.91 ERA. One of those numbers will change going forward, we just don’t know which.|
|Chance Ruffin||25||RH||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||FA||Clearly, the club likes his potential, but the competition is going to be fierce. All these guys won’t fit on the big club all at once.|
|Carson Smith||24||RH||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||FA||Had the best season of any reliever in the organization. 1.80 ERA; 1.00 WHIP; 71 K in 50.0 IP. Some will recall that Jeff Nelson was one of the most valuable players on both the 1995 & 2001 teams. Just sayin’.|
|Bobby LaFromboise||28||LH||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||FA||Bad fortune at the MLB level: 2.11 FIP, 5.91 ERA. A decent September callup helped. Has better splits than Luetge and could easily grab his spot.|
|Brian Moran||25||LH||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||FA||Of course, Moran might grab it first; he struck out every lefty in sight (48 K in 128 BF). But righties hit him hard at AAA.|
|Logan Bawcom||25||RH||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||FA||Solid late-inning guy who would stand out in a system that didn’t have Farquhar, Pryor, Capps, Smith, Leone …|
|Dominic Leone||22||RH||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||Yes, we told you about him first. Yes, he throws 95 with a 90 mph cutter. Yes, if he finds consistency he’ll be awesome. Yes, he’s zooming up everyone else’s lists, but he won’t have to zoom up ours.|
|Stephen Kohlscheen||25||RH||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||Tall righty made a plateau leap in 2013. He and Burgoon could get a look, but have we mentioned that it’s going to be crowded?|
|Tyler Burgoon||25||RH||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||Eight inches (at least) shorter than Kohlscheen, but in the same boat. A strikeout artist trying to get noticed in a system full of them.|
|Kyle Hunter||25||LH||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||Do not be surprised if Hunter leaps over Luetge, LaFromboise and Moran to take a LH pen spot. He has a mix of pitches that hitters from both sides have trouble with.|
|Forrest Snow||25||RH||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||Snow has had a roller-coaster career, but settled in nicely on the Goon Squad bullpen with Smith, Burgoon, Kohlscheen and the like. Of course, they’re all headed for the same on-ramp at the same time and somebody’s not going to make in through.|
|Nick Hill||29||LH||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Arb3||If you’ve been around awhile you know Hill. A West Point grad, he combined his minor-league career with service as a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army. Then injuries derailed him for two full years. He decided to make one more comeback, and didn’t give up a single XBH to a LH hitter. Late-season callup to Tacoma indicates that there’s still life in his career.|
|David Colvin||25||RH||AA||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Colvin should have gotten a “plateau leap” writeup. After a very strong year in the High Desert pen, he could catch up with his peers who were at Jackson.|
|Seon Gi Kim||22||RH||AA||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Arb2||Erratic to say the least, but when he’s “on” he’s really good.|
|Grady Wood||24||RH||HighA||AA||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Arb1||Clinton was the one place where no one in the bullpen really made a mark, but Wood was the best of the bunch and has upside.|
|Jose Valdivia||22||RH||LowA||HighA||AA||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Fully recovered from teenage Tommy John, Valdivia was close to unhittable at Everett (.148/.273/.194 slashline).|
|Emilio Pagan||23||RH||LowA||HighA||AA||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||PreArb3||Only Smith and Farquhar ranked better on the Spectometer at being hard to hit.|
|Kevin McCoy||22||RH||SS-A||LowA||HighA||AA||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||Only Smith, Farquhar and Pagan ranked better on the Spectometer at being hard to hit.|
|Paul Fry||22||LH||SS-A||LowA||HighA||AA||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||Two small guys from Michigan: Goon Squad Burgoon and “Small” Fry. Both can bring the strikeouts, but LH Fry may have a better shot at making it all the way.|
|Leoncio Munoz||23||LH||SS-A||LowA||HighA||AA||AAA||PreArb1||PreArb2||And, finally, the unheralded lefty who came out of the woodwork to have one of the best lines of anyone (1.67 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 10.3 K/9).|