by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
With Raisel Iglesias scratched from today’s start due to a shoulder issue the Reds will reach down to Triple-A for a spot starter, as Tim Adleman will make his Major League debut. He’s gotten off to an inauspicious start at Triple-A in ’16 with a 4.24 ERA, though as we all know that doesn’t always tell the entire story (he does have a 1.00 WHIP, 2.12 BB/9 and 1.40 GO/AO). Is there anything worth watching? Let’s take a look:
Adleman has never shown the propensity to pile up the strikeouts, with a 6.78 K/9 last season and 6.88 to open this year. His groundball rate this season has also exceeded what he has posted in the past (and can likely be credited to a small sample size):
- 2014 – 1.18
- 2015 – 1.03
The 24th round pick back in 2010 (by the Orioles) has shown solid control, with a 2.8 BB/9 in the minors, but is that enough to excite anyone? Of course the fact that he spent two years pitching (2012 & 2013) in Independent Leagues adds to the skepticism, though he wouldn’t be the first pitcher to find it there.
Here’s a quote about his stuff from Reds’ manager Bryan Price from this spring (courtesy of C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, whose article you can read by clicking here):
“He said one of the things that really got into his head was controlling the running game when he was in pro ball, and they really got into his head that he had to be quicker to the plate and it very much affected his delivery,” Price said. “He simplified things. He’s got that type of fastball, and it’s a good fastball, up to 94, but he’s got that type of fastball with that deception and late life that makes it a little more valuable than just the velocity would suggest. He’s also a ground ball pitcher and keeps the ball down in the zone.”
The numbers don’t really jive with being a groundball pitcher, though it’s possible he’s figured something out. Still, it’s hard to get overly excited about him. Maybe he impresses enough to carve out a role in the bullpen (where the team truly needs help), but there’s little reason to think that he’ll make any type of impact in the rotation. The team has too many better candidates and this is likely a one and done, even if Iglesias misses more than just one start.
Sources – Fangraphs, Baseball Reference, Cincinnati Enquirer
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