Player Brainstorm: Jason Hammel — Part 1 (Getting Acquainted)

000a668px-Jason_Hammel_on_April_25,_2012== Rumor mill has pointed him toward Seattle ==

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.

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Here are some traditional stats:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP
2006 23 TBD AL 0 6 .000 7.77 9 9 0 0 0 0 44.0
2007 24 TBD AL 3 5 .375 6.14 24 14 2 0 0 0 85.0
2008 25 TBR AL 4 4 .500 4.60 40 5 21 0 0 2 78.1
2009 26 COL NL 10 8 .556 4.33 34 30 0 1 0 0 176.2
2010 27 COL NL 10 9 .526 4.81 30 30 0 0 0 0 177.2
2011 28 COL NL 7 13 .350 4.76 32 27 2 0 0 1 170.1
2012 29 BAL AL 8 6 .571 3.43 20 20 0 1 1 0 118.0
2013 30 BAL AL 7 8 .467 4.97 26 23 1 0 0 1 139.1
2014 31 CHC NL 6 4 .600 3.02 14 14 0 0 0 0 89.1
9 Yrs 55 63 .466 4.66 229 172 26 2 1 4 1078.2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/18/2014.

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And some more:

Year Age Tm Lg IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2006 23 TBD AL 44.0 61 38 38 7 21 32 59 5.26 1.864 12.5 1.4 4.3 6.5
2007 24 TBD AL 85.0 100 58 58 12 40 64 74 5.05 1.647 10.6 1.3 4.2 6.8
2008 25 TBR AL 78.1 83 45 40 11 35 44 96 5.25 1.506 9.5 1.3 4.0 5.1
2009 26 COL NL 176.2 203 94 85 17 42 133 109 3.71 1.387 10.3 0.9 2.1 6.8
2010 27 COL NL 177.2 201 97 95 18 47 141 96 3.70 1.396 10.2 0.9 2.4 7.1
2011 28 COL NL 170.1 175 100 90 21 68 94 96 4.83 1.427 9.2 1.1 3.6 5.0
2012 29 BAL AL 118.0 104 48 45 9 42 113 123 3.29 1.237 7.9 0.7 3.2 8.6
2013 30 BAL AL 139.1 155 81 77 22 48 96 82 4.93 1.457 10.0 1.4 3.1 6.2
2014 31 CHC NL 89.1 72 30 30 7 19 85 129 3.01 1.019 7.3 0.7 1.9 8.6
9 Yrs 1078.2 1154 591 558 124 362 802 95 4.22 1.405 9.6 1.0 3.0 6.7
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/18/2014.

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And here’s how Brooks shows his arsenal:

Brooksbaseball-Chart (8)

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.

 

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