Predicting The Arms
The Mariners pitching staff are headed to their training complex in Peoria Arizona a full 8 days earlier than any other major league team.
The M’s have a major overhaul coming to their starting rotation having lost 3 of their solid starters from 2011 due to trades, and their bullpen has a strong core, but needs a few pieces to round it off before opening day.
When you start following the Mariners this spring, start to think like a scout and see if you can predict who will make the team.
Requirements of a major league level pitcher.
There are a lot of people that can throw the ball really hard, but there are few that can throw the ball hard as well as place their pitches.
When experts talk about Felix Hernandez the conversation always hovers around the topic of his ability to control the ball.
Batters look for inconsistencies in a pitcher and try to exploit them. Baseball is a mental game. If a pitcher gets flustered their control will wain and they will end up giving up hits.
A lot of guys like Charlie Furbush and Anthony Vanquez will be left in the minors due to their inability to be consistence.
Just because a guy can throw a ball hard and with good control, doesn’t mean that he is throwing it right. Pitching is especially hard on a body as the high intensity and power needed to hurl the ball repeatedly.
If there is a hitch in their mechanics then injuries are sure to follow.
These issues could influence their chance of making the team.
Individual workouts are important to build up strength to perform at a major league level. These guys are being paid as athletes, they should be showing commitment to their career off the field as well.
As fans we can’t see what is happening behind the scenes, but if we see a guy that can only face 3 batters before losing his consistency, his stamina can be a clue as to his true potential.
In the off season, the M’s pursued a lot of veteran pitchers like George Sherill and Kevin Millwood to add to their spring training crew.
This is due to a lack of experience in the pitching staff. Many people want the 2011 draft pick, Danny Hultzen to make the starting rotation, but aside from the Arizona Fall League – his experience in pro ball is nill.
His chances of being a starter this season are close to the same.
Even Hector Noesi who came from the Yankees has more experience and numbers decent enough to get a look.
I’d love to hear your predictions on the starting rotation, bullpen and closers.
Here are my Seattle Mariners 2012 Pitcher Predictions:
1. Tom Wilhelmson
2. Shawn Kelly
3. Steve Delabar
4. Chance Ruffin
5. George Sherill
1. Brandon League