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2013: A Fun Learning Experience


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I figured I would give some kudos to some of the guys that contributed to the team this year that don't normally receive much recognition. Obviously we all know and acknowledge the usual guys (Stanton, Yelich, Fernandez, Cishek, etc). Let's say thanks to some decent years from a few guys that will be here for a while, and a few that will probably restart their careers elsewhere. No surprise that I really have no hitters to name, only some starters and some members of the bullpen...

 

Henderson Alvarez: Ends up with over 100+ innings in an injury shortened year, finishes with a no-no and a 3.59 ERA. Gave up only 2 HR all year, great WHIP of just 1.14. Might not K many guys, but clearly getting better.

 

Mike Dunn: Best year of his career. A 2.66 ERA, although he's not always the most clutch set up guy, posted 72 K's in 67 IP. Fun power lefty who is becoming better and better every year.

 

Nate Eovaldi: Really finished strong, brought the ERA down to 3.39 in 100+ IP and really showed some unreal velocity. With a little more control could be a force, strong year in limited action and fun to watch for the most part.

 

Dan Jennings: Is he technically a rookie? A solid 40 innings of specialty work out of the pen, just 39 hits and 38 K's. Should certainly be here for a few more years to contribute.

 

Tom Koehler: Actually a really under rated arm in the rotation all year long. Wasn't expected to do much, and wasn't expecting to even be in the rotation... starts 23 games, posts 143 IP, only 140 hits, and a 4.41 ERA that is inflated by some realllly bad outings... But when he was good, he was really good. Excited for his future, in whatever role it ends up being.

 

Chad Qualls: Great year in the bullpen, solid all season, good for him. Hopefully he earned a nice payday from somebody else...

 

AJ Ramos: Very good rookie year with a ton of innings out of the bullpen, 80 IP and a very good 86 K's with just 56 hits allowed. I am really excited to see him grow in the bullpen next year, awesome and under rated rookie season.

 

Kevin Slowey: Another rental but was able to restart his career. Contributed 14 starts and 7 relief appearances, including that great 7 extra innings in NY of shutout ball. I hope to see him get a major league contract somewhere next year and wish him luck.

 

Jacob Turner: Up and down year, 118 IP, 116 hits, but still a solid 3.74 ERA and showing promise for the future. Hopefully he can build on this year and step in to a bigger role in 2014.

 

Ryan Webb: Like Dunn, coming off the best year of his career. A career high 80+ innings, just 70 hits allowed and a strong 2.91 ERA. Up and down, love him or hate him, a solid year and hopefully continues success next year.

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