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Not a criticism of you, but I believe in pitching starved AL (depth-wise), a dependable guy like Pettitte is more valuable than his numbers because he won't burn you like alot of the other guys. Plus, alot of Ks.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Lenny DiNardo Oakland Athletics
Eugene's been trying to get me to take DiNardo with the all important sixth round reserve pick I have coming up in the Sportsline draft.

DiNardo's upside is Jamie Moyer. He throws a mid-80s fastball with sink and an assortment of other pitches that keeps hitters off balance. He's definitely not a Quad-A guy; he belongs in the majors.

He certainly did strike out a lot of guys in the minors. But the K/IP rate did drop after DiNardo hit AA, so while he passed what John Sickels calls the "Double-A finesse acid test", DiNardo didn't exactly pass it with flying colors. Still, he deserves the shot he's gotten thus far.

His splits as a starter/reliever, though are radical over the course of his career. As a starter: 126 1/3 IP, 153 H, 56 BB, 54 K, 77 ER, 16 HR .309 BAA 1.654 WHIP, 5.49 ERA. As a reliever: 86 1/3 IP, 91 H, 31 BB, 58 K, 33 ER, 5 HR, .275 BAA, 1.413 WHIP, 3.44 ERA.

And the splits by pitch count tell even more of the story. Last year, his OPS against by pitch count:

Pitches 1-15: 569
16-30: 780
31-45: 665
46-60: 829
61-75: 812
76-90: 968
91-105: 808

I think DiNardo's funky stuff is better suited for the pen. If the A's stick him into the rotation and you buy him, I think you're in for a rough ride.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
Justin Leone New York Yankees
When we see the first boxscores in spring training, who else is going to be at 3B for SF besides Justin Leone? Here's what the Fantasy Baseball Guide 2008 has to say about him: "He gets on base, has some power and can run. He's way too old to get another big league shot, but keep an eye on him if he does."

You will, you bet we will, Rotoman!

No other publication profiles him, you can be sure of that.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Mike Piazza New York Mets
Pitchers and catchers seem to have assembled without him. Could be argued his career stats are HOF-worthy if he wasn't a catcher.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Makes me think that Crede is all but on his way to San Francisco.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
Edwin Jackson Oakland Athletics
Can I bear another year of watching this guy pitch for me every 5th day? Certainly a trendy sleeper based on his so-called "improvement" in the 2nd half. I guess at $1 (only if you can reserve him when necessary) he is worth the flyer and has more upside than other $1 pitchers out there. Any thoughts?
Michael Mendelson kidmikey
Feb 20 '08
Mike Gonzalez Washington Nationals
Should be back from T.J. surgery mid-season.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Might hold his job for another year, but to hear Bochy hem and haw, it's Frandsen's job to lose going into spring training.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Chad Qualls Colorado Rockies
Decent set-up guy on a team that is taking its chances in the saves category.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Akinori Otsuka Texas Rangers
Save yourselves some money here, Peter and Mike. Aki underwent surgery, possibly TJ surgery, in January. My guess is, he'll play in Japan after he recovers, but just in case, I'm making him an R4 in the software.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Doug Davis Chicago Cubs
Despite the higher strikeouts, he's kind of the Paul Byrd of the N.L. insofar as he's ugly to watch. I owned him in Sportsline last year and it was one ugly ride. Anyone who saw him pitch in the LCS last year knows what I'm talking about. Mediocre stuff (at best) that he somehow managed to fool hitters with for a while, but he threw way too many pitches and wound up making the D-Backs go to the bullpen way too early. I'd add to Alex's point by saying that, in 4x4, the smarter sim-GMs avoid these guys and buy middle relievers who are less likely to put up earnings in the red and might even earn $10-15 if you're lucky.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
Kevin Mulvey Minnesota Twins
I think they're talking about more about DiNardo's stuff and his projectability as a Quad-A guy then they are about his ability to start versus not.

My point was that A's Nation is a knowledgeable blog whose writers watch his team pretty closely every day. You're also knowledgeable, Eugene, but I was just throwing another opinion out there.

DiNardo sounds like he's in open competition for that last slot.

I personally think Jackson has more upside than DiNardo, but I could see why everyone on Earth would not agree with that.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
Doug Davis Chicago Cubs
The money you don't spend on closers in 5x5 goes to pitchers like Doug Davis. Real-life GM's, if anything, allocate even more of their budgets to this type of pitcher.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Randy Wolf Detroit Tigers
A Wolf in the Petco playpen is appealing, no doubt about it. As long as he's not lame.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Noah Lowry San Francisco Giants
The thing about Lowry is, some starts he really pitches well, and other starts, well . . . It's all touch with him, if he's got his changeup, he can make even good hitters look foolish. My bid says the ratio will improve, as will the strikeouts.

That said, he was also pretty lucky last year (the typical comment from the local broadcasters was that he got all of Cain's luck), so I'd expect the wins to go down some. He has taken over the Kirk Rueter role on the Giants, though -- the lefty who wins without looking especially impressive.
mike fenger mike
Feb 20 '08
Tell me something, Mike. How the heck did Lowry win 14 games last year? I mean the Giants sunk. And Lowry stunk. But he still won a whole bunch of games. How does he do it?

You're our resident expert on the Giants. Will he do it again?
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Kevin Mulvey Minnesota Twins
Saarloos did have one good year in the rotation, but he only started 34 of 77 minor league games. He was always seen as a spot starter/long reliever.

DiNardo is much more of a starter with 74 minor league starts in 94 appearances and had nearly one K/IP in the minors.

He's going to be in the rotation to begin the season, so there's no harm carrying him on reserve until he proves he can't pitch or one of the touted minor leaguers breaks through.

I'm not saying he's got a chance to earn $10+, but if you are looking for arms, he's one, and he's probably better than Edwin Jackson, who I think you took in the auction.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 20 '08
The people over at Athletics Nation seem to think that he projects out to be a Kirk Saarloos.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
I happen to like DiNardo also, but who are the starting pitchers who are still available? Give us a list.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Neil Walker Miami Marlins
A ragged conversion from C to 3B last year, and a rough initiation in Triple A. Baseball America nevertheless ranks him as the second best prospect in the organization.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08

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