As the season nears, I’m trying to get in as many projections as possible. Tonight, I’m looking at the Reds’ Edinson Volquez. So, without further adieu, let’s take a look at my expectations:
190.0 IP, 14 W, 3.84 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 184 K (8.72 K/9), 85 BB (4.03 BB/9)
For as good as he was in the early going, his second half saw a huge regression. Maybe it was fatigue. I know a lot of owners hope that was it. He’s got a ton of talent, but he definitely brings concerns. A HR/9 of 0.64 in that ballpark? Groundball pitcher or not, I just can’t but it. How about his struggles with his control, walking 4.27 per 9 innings last season? I certainly think he’s going to be worth using as a #2 or 3 starter in your rotation, but I’d temper my expectations.
What does everyone else think? Am I being too harsh?
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