Spring Training Notes

I don’t pay too much attention to Spring Training stats, especially for established veterans, but some players are grabbing my attention. Today, I’m looking at Starting Pitching. When I peruse ST Stats, I mainly just look at BB and K. The sample size is just too small for other stuff. So I’ll jump into this team-by-team, starting in the American League.

Brian Matusz [20.1 IP, 19 K, 3 BB]
David Hernandez [15 IP, 20 K, 3 BB]
Justin Masterson [16 IP, 22 K, 4 BB]
Fausto Carmona [26 IP, 12 K, 2 BB]
Mitch Talbot [17 IP, 10 K, 4 BB]
Francisco Liriano [20 IP, 30 K, 5 BB]
Scott Baker [22 IP, 22 K, 3 BB]
Kevin Slowey [21 IP, 17 K, 3 BB]
Phil Hughes [20.2 IP, 20 K, 7 BB]
Trevor Cahill [17.2 IP, 14 K, 4 BB]
Ian Snell [24 IP, 18 K, 3 BB]
Jeff Niemann [25.1 IP, 24 K, 3 BB]
David Price [12.2 IP, 11 K, 2 BB]
Colby Lewis [18.2 IP, 16 K, 3 BB]
Matt Harrison [16 IP, 15 K, 4 BB]

Ian Kennedy [25 IP, 17 K, 5 BB]
Rodrigo Lopez [15.1 IP, 12 K, 3 BB]
Tim Hudson [20 IP, 17 K, 3 BB]
Kenshin Kawakami [24.2 IP, 13 K, 2 BB]
Homer Bailey [11.2 IP, 3 K, 3 BB]
Jorge de la Rosa [25 IP, 19 K, 5 BB]
Jason Hammel [24 IP, 18 K, 4 BB]
Ricky Nolasco [25.1 IP, 21 K, 1 BB]
Clay Hensley [18.1 IP, 13 K, 3 BB]
Vicente Padilla [17.1, 15 K, 2 BB]
Ramon Ortiz [17.2 IP, 22 K, 4 BB]
Jamie Moyer [17.2 IP, 15 K, 0 BB]
Paul Maholm [20 IP, 17 K, 6 BB]
Daniel McCutchen [13.1 IP, 10 K, 3 BB]
Matt Latos [17 IP, 14 K, 5 BB]
Wade Leblanc [23 IP, 17 K, 3 BB]
Jamie Garcia [18.2 IP, 16 K, 5 BB]
Stephen Strasburg [9 IP, 12 K, 1 BB]

AL Quick Notes: Matusz is everyone’s favorite AL ROY candidate, Hernandez has won the 5th SP job in Baltimore, I like Masterson as a late round grab, Carmona and Talbot are ground ball pitchers who should be on the Watch List, everyone should know Liriano, Baker and Slowey, Hughes needs to work on that Changeup or he could end up looking like Joba, it’s nice to see Cahill striking out some people like he did in the minors. He’s very young and we could see the kind of improvement that people are expecting from Rick Porcello, if Ian Snell can cut down on the walk rate he should be a nice late round grab, Niemann Niemann Niemann, David Price is one of those post hype sleepers that could be huge, Colby Lewis is back from Japan (where he dominated), Matt Harrison? I hear his velocity is up, meh

NL Quick Notes: Ian Kennedy escapes the high pressure and big swingers of the AL East, I do not recommend Lopez, Tim Hudson looks like he’s back after making only 7 starts last season, Kawakami-Ortiz-Moyer are on my NL only team so I gotta give them some love, I’m not as sold as some are on Homer Bailey’s 2010 breakout season, I definitely wanted Jorge de la Rosa on at least one team, Hammel really improved his BB Rate last season, Ricky Nolasco is a beast!, Hensley doesn’t have a starting gig locked up, but he looks OK, Padilla looked good when he came over to LA last season and was named their Opening Day starter, Maholm needs a low BABIP to be useful, (the other) McCutchen is another low K control artist who could prove useful in deeper leagues, everyone likes Latos, I wish Leblanc were starting instead of Clayton Richard, Jamie Garcia is a promising youngster. A ground baller with strikeout potential. Strasburg? never heard of the guy