In case you missed it, College Splits has a glowing review for the Cardinals draft. They also gave us all sorts of nerdy split data to nerd around with. As with the college hitters, here’s a few advanced stats for college pitchers.
Blair’s FIP is inflated by a HR/9 rate of 1, I guess. Theses numbers are adjusted for park and schedule, so it’s less than an inspiring number, but FIP aside, he’s got a good K/BB and GO/AO rates. Watching him in the Super Regionals this past weekend, he definitely has some good breaking stuff. The fastball was in the upper 80′s at times and his command seemed to leave him after the first three innings facing a very tough Arkansas lineup.
Color me intrigued with John Gast. I know we are only looking at a handful of batters faced, but in 21 innings, Gast posted a K/9 rate of 10 with a 34-to-6 groundout to fly out ratio. His scouting report says he has a nice fastball/slider combo. That’s a nice LOOGY starter kit right there. I’d give him every opportunity to start first, of course.
For that matter, I think Bibona and Lyons in the 8th and 9th round are about as good at is gets. Lyons was a possible early rounder coming out of high school but opted to go to Okie State. He was great in 2008, his stuff and his results since have declined, but there’s the hope he bounces back. And then there’s also the off-chance he’s the next Great Crafty Lefty and not merely a terrific college performer.
Boone Whiting could potentially be a steal, or at least a guy who posts some interesting numbers regularly in the DFR’s to come. For that matter, we’ll be seeing plenty of these players names soon, with the Muckdogs’ season starting tomorrow.