Since minor league games get started today and we do not have any actual performances to look at, let’s continue with some of the surprise early assignments. One such assignment is Michael Blazek as a starting pitcher in Springfield. Let’s take a look at him after the jump.
Blazek spent most of last season in Quad Cities as part of a piggyback starting strategy with 32 appearances, but only 11 starts. Blazek would either be the 1st or 2nd starter in that situation and was still functioning as a starter.
First and foremost, he had a great year in 2010 in Quad Cities. He averaged more than a 9 Ks per 9 innings while allowing less than 3 walks per 9 innings. His 2.71 ERA was not an illusion as his FIP was 2.83.
In previous years, he has not had the ERA to match 2010, but he has always been able to get around 9 Ks/9 innings and around 3 walks / 9 innings at all levels. As long as he continues those numbers, he should have success.
Two things we can put together here. First and foremost, the Cardinals have 3 starters on the DL in Springfield in Scott Gorgen, David Kopp and Scott McGregor. With a bunch of young high upside arms starting in Palm Beach, Blazek is more of a veteran (even at 22) and potentially able to adjust to the promotion to Springfield even if it for a short time at the start of the season.
Additionally, the more I look at him, the more intriguing Blazek looks with his ability to miss bats.