One of pitching coach’s least favorite things in the world are walks. Walks lead to base runners, and base runners often lead to runs. While being a “control artist” isn’t as sexy as being a “strikeout artist,” sometimes the former is more important. Below are the top five “control artists” from 2011.
Josh Tomlin (1.14 BB/9): In Tomlin’s first full-season, the right-hander provided the Cleveland Indians with a tremendous, cheap asset. The starter won 12 ballgames, while posting a 4.25 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 4.24 K/BB. His 1.14 BB/9 led the entire Major Leagues too. Tomlin exhibited better strikeout numbers in 2010 (from 5.30 K/9 to 4.84 K/9), but his xFIP improved mightily in 2011 (from 4.76 xFIP to 4.03 xFIP). The Indians should be very excited about the 26 year-old’s future with the team. Continue reading
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Doug Fister has never won more than six games in a single season, and has already been saddled with twelve losses this year. The former Seattle Mariner and recently acquired Detroit Tiger pitcher will never lead the league in strikeouts, and it’s unlikely he’ll ever win a Cy Young. Yet despite the surface obstacles, Fister might just be the next great control artist.
To-date, Doug Fister has logged 387 innings over the course of three seasons–most of which in 2010 (171 innings) and 2011 (155 innings). During that span, the right-hander owns a career 3.81 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 2.76 K/BB. Despite posting a below-league-average 5.07 K/9, Fister also boasts an outstanding 1.8 BB/9. That’s slightly better than Roy Halladay‘s career 1.84 BB/9, and the exact same as Mr. Control himself, Greg Maddux. Continue reading
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