Friday, December 31, 2010

Zach Miner

 Jon Morosi tweeted that the Royals view Zach Miner as a potential starter. Signed to a minor league contract, and recovering from Tommy John surgery, Miner could optimistically be seen as the next Bruce Chen. Seems unlikely in my opinion but remember I didn't exactly think the Chen experiment would be a success. So who knows.

It's a mostly harmless acquisition and Miner has been productive in his limited major league career. Assuming he does indeed get a shot at being starter number five let's see how he stacks up with the rest of the rotation.

Player W L ERA G GS IP ERA+ WHIP H/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB WAR
Hochevar 19 32 5.60 69 65 387.2 78 1.457 10.0 3.1 6.0 1.93 -0.5
Davies 42 56 5.49 138 131 706.2 79 1.603 10.1 4.3 6.3 1.45 -1.5
Mazzaro 10 17 4.72 41 35 213.2 91 1.573 10.4 3.7 5.8 1.55 0.0
O'Sullivan 8 8 5.65 31 24 135.1 76 1.456 10.0 3.1 4.8 1.53 -0.2
Miner 25 20 4.24 157 35 357.0 107 1.457 9.5 3.7 5.5 1.50 2.9

Well look who leads in the rotation in ERA+ and WAR? It's a little deceiving of course, Miner does have a rather pronounced split - 4.85 ERA as a starter compared to 3.60 as a reliever. He appears to be ideally suited to a long relief/spot starter role, if he's healthy enough to actually make the roster. It's a low risk move and if he should find himself in the rotation I'm willing to bet he puts up better numbers than Davies and SOS.

This move does leave me with one question though, why are they willing to give Miner a shot at the rotation and not Robinson Tejeda?

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