Like any Low A minor league team, the Delmarva bullpen consisted primarily of former starting pitchers. The 2012 pen is the bullpen without a closer, as the decision was made early on that with innings limits for starters, the goal would be to use a 2nd pitcher in the back half of the game.
I figured I would start with one of the biggest minor league questions of the season so far. Why was Cowan released? A former starter who suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out of action for more than a full season, Cowan had re-emerged in the bullpen this season with a 2.22 ERA in 13 outings.
Control was an issue as his BB/K was 26/23, but outside of that issue, he had been effective and was regularly throwing 3 innings an outing. Although no one in the organization has said why he was released, I have been dropped hints that there was “something more” involved.
Taylor is another pitcher that was converted to the rotation during the first half. He made 11 appearances from the pen before 5 starts to end the half. His numbers are not as strong in the starter role as they are as a reliever, but I think he works better as a starter than Davies.
Davies made 8 appearances from the pen before moving into the rotation in May. Davies, who looks like he should be pitching in the LLWS more than the minors, will need to fill out in order to progress.
He doesn’t have the stuff some successful small guys have (Tim Lincecum). I’d prefer to limit his pitches by moving him back to the pen.
0-4 but with a 2.40 ERA at the break, Devin Jones is the most true reliever in the pen. 48/11 K/BB ratio. Uses a nice slider as an out pitch. I would like to see a late season promotion to Frederick to see how he fairs.
After being rocked for 4ER in 1IP his first outing of the season, Fowler gave up only 1 ER the rest of the half in 10 additional appearances. Going for 18.2 IP over that time, he allowed 16H with a BB/K of 4/24. Far and away the most effective arm in the pen Zach is a big lefty with a long delivery. At age 23 he is another player needing a promotion.
Still only 21, Beal is another of the oft injured pitching corp in the minors. He was a starter here in 2010, and unfortunately, he is just not the same pitcher. With a 4.66 ERA at the break in just 8 appearances, Jesse has been rocked more often than not. This is one you just hope can return to form.
@byweezie in the twitter world, if nothing else, he should be listed as one of the minor leaguers you must follow. After being left in FL when camp broke, Matt eventually made his way to Frederick briefly before returning to the Shore.
In just 7 appearances before the half, Bywater allowed only 1ER over 15IP on only 5H. Back at Frederick again and starting, I think the pen is the place for him. Lefty sidearmer, has to fool you (and usually does) as the FB only touches 88 mph.
Hard throwing righty who tends to be very wild. Has been effective on and off but when he is off the plate can be a dangerous place to stand. Generally appears overmatched, and I would recommend moving him down to Aberdeen or GCL to work more on location.
Maybe the most confusing decision by the organization. Baker was a relatively successful starter last season making 9 starts on Delmarva and posting a 2.82 ERA. This season he has appeared only from the pen. Pitching to a 3.32 ERA and allowing hitters just a .182 BA led to a promotion. Baker is big strong and throws hard. Prior to his promotion he retired the last 27 batters he faced.