Cub pitcher Jason Hammel is being linked to the Mariners. I can’t tell yet how much of that is “real” and how much is “oh, he’s from Washington so the Mariners must want him” lazy reporting. But one source told the Chicago Sun-Times that Hammel was “likely” to end up in Seattle.
This much we know:
- Hammel is a righty on a one-year, $6M deal with the Cubs.
- He’s 6-foot-6, 225, and he is, indeed from Washington (South Kitsap High School) and junior college in Oregon.
- Hammel was traded twice. Once from Tampa Bay to Colorado straight up for Aneury Rodriguez, a pitcher who never made it and ended up pitching in Korea last year. Once from Colorado to Baltimore, along with Matt Lindstrom, for Jeremy Guthrie. So, on the open market, he was considered not quite enough to yield Jeremy Guthrie.
- For the three years in Colorado, he was a consistent innings-eater: 176.2 IP, 177.2 IP, 170.1 IP. ERA+ 109, 96, 96.
- Both years in Baltimore, he ended up missing August. In 2012, it was due to a knee injury, and in 2013 due to inflammation in his right (pitching) forearm.
- Before that 2013 injury, however, he had been named the Orioles Opening Day starter.
Here are some traditional stats:
And some more:
And here’s how Brooks shows his arsenal:
That’s a pretty standard-issue set of weapons. Low-90s heat (60% between the two types), slider (20%), change (10%) and curve (10%) (percentages rough).
Not overpowering. But sufficient.
And if you page back through the similar graphics for his career, you don’t see much difference. He’s been using the same set of weapons in pretty much the same way the whole time. And with pretty similar results, as we see in Part 2, until this season.