MB 100 | Top 40 | No. 39 Bobby LaFromboise, LHP

39== Hard-luck lefty still has a shot ==

MB 100 No. 39 —  Bobby LaFromboise

LHP | 2014 Age: 28 | 6-4, 215

8th round of 2008 draft out of New Mexico

2013 ranking: No. 34

Year Age Tm Lg Lev W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2008 22 Everett NORW A- 2 2 3.46 13 10 0 41.2 42 21 16 3 12 35 1.296 9.1 0.6 2.6 7.6
2009 23 Clinton MIDW A 8 9 4.03 33 19 0 138.1 146 66 62 11 31 119 1.280 9.5 0.7 2.0 7.7
2010 24 High Desert CALL A+ 10 5 4.51 33 14 1 113.2 138 63 57 15 38 92 1.548 10.9 1.2 3.0 7.3
2011 25 Jackson SOUL AA 3 4 3.10 49 0 0 61.0 62 23 21 6 24 53 1.410 9.1 0.9 3.5 7.8
2012 26 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA 6 2 1.36 47 0 6 66.1 45 11 10 1 21 70 0.995 6.1 0.1 2.8 9.5
2013 27 Tacoma PCL AAA 6 0 3.39 45 0 5 61.0 66 29 23 5 18 63 1.377 9.7 0.7 2.7 9.3
6 Seasons 35 22 3.53 220 43 12 482.0 499 213 189 41 144 432 1.334 9.3 0.8 2.7 8.1
A- (1 season) A- 2 2 3.46 13 10 0 41.2 42 21 16 3 12 35 1.296 9.1 0.6 2.6 7.6
A (1 season) A 8 9 4.03 33 19 0 138.1 146 66 62 11 31 119 1.280 9.5 0.7 2.0 7.7
A+ (1 season) A+ 10 5 4.51 33 14 1 113.2 138 63 57 15 38 92 1.548 10.9 1.2 3.0 7.3
AA (2 seasons) AA 4 4 2.46 69 0 2 87.2 77 27 24 6 29 85 1.209 7.9 0.6 3.0 8.7
AAA (2 seasons) AAA 11 2 2.68 72 0 9 100.2 96 36 30 6 34 101 1.291 8.6 0.5 3.0 9.0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/13/2014.

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Spectometer Analysis:

First against all hitters:

Year Age Lvl HR% BB% XBH + BB% ISO K% PSA+ Conv+ Comp
Age Arc Goal < 1% Goal < 6% Goal < 14% Goal < .100 Goal > 20% Strong prospect > 100
2008 22 “+3” 1.61% 6.45% 13.44% 0.118 18.82% 108 98 106
2009 23 “+3” 1.91% 5.39% 13.22% 0.132 20.70% 118 98 115
2010 24 “+3” 2.96% 7.51% 17.19% 0.186 18.18% 86 78 64
2011 25 “+3” 2.30% 9.20% 16.09% 0.139 20.31% 90 94 84
2012 26 “+3” 0.38% 8.08% 11.92% 0.056 26.92% 133 128 161
2013 27 “+4” 1.91% 6.87% 14.50% 0.135 24.05% 118 102 119

Then vs. LH hitters only:

Year Age Lvl HR% BB% XBH + BB% ISO K% PSA+ Conv+ Comp
Age Arc Goal < 1% Goal < 6% Goal < 14% Goal < .100 Goal > 20% Strong prospect > 100
2008 22 “+3” 4.26% 6.38% 12.77% 0.163 14.89% 85 86 72
2009 23 “+3” 1.73% 4.05% 11.56% 0.127 27.75% 150 111 160
2010 24 “+3” 2.42% 7.27% 15.76% 0.160 20.00% 98 88 86
2011 25 “+3” 1.16% 9.30% 16.28% 0.108 26.74% 114 114 128
2012 26 “+3” 0.00% 6.50% 11.38% 0.063 33.33% 163 144 207
2013 27 “+4” 2.29% 6.11% 14.50% 0.149 29.01% 134 106 140

Special Sauce:

  • Pulverized lefties in 2012: struck out 41 of 123, held them to .144/.202/.207 slash line.
  • One of only two picks (out of 50) from the last Bill Bavasi draft (2008) to appear in a Mariner uniform.  The other is Brandon MaurerJosh Fields made the majors for Houston.  To date, none of the three has positive WAR (baseball-reference.com).
  • One of two New Mexico Lobos among the Mariner prospects, with D.J. Peterson as the other.

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Commentary:

Yes, LaFromboise has already been sent down to minor-league camp, meaning he’s been beaten out by the middling veteran Joe Beimel or fellow lefty specialist Lucas Luetge, or both.

But — big picture view — I still think LaFromboise will get another shot, and not just because Beimel is likely to be exposed as nothin’ special before too long.

Forget the 5.91 ERA from last year’s MLB debut.  His FIP was 2.11 and his xFIP was 3.52.  He had two very unfortunate outings in a row, in which the only extra-base hit he gave up was a lone double, and exited back to AAA with a 16.88 ERA.

But he forged ahead, and came back in September for five more outings in which his ERA was 2.25, and he gave up just one more double, zero homers and zero walks.

And this spring, despite being cut, he struck out three and walked none in his three appearances.

I like his mental toughness is coming back from his unfortunately rough MLB outings, and, if he can just keep doing what he’s been doing since being converted from a mediocre starter in 2011 (namely: strikeout 30% of lefty hitters), he’ll deserve another crack at the majors in that role.

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Extra Innings:

We’ll give LaFromboise a fitting musical tribute from 1992.

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