Filling Out the Rotation: Behind Berrios, Dobnak Is Best Internal Candidate for Starting Spot
Image courtesy of © Brad Rempel-USA TODAY SportsRandy Dobnak was a guy many baseball fans didn’t know about until he was announced the starter of Game 2 of the ALDS. Even at that point, it was his 4.99 Uber rating or beautiful mustache that was getting talked about more than his pitching.
What Dobnak does well
Dobnak relies on four pitches: sinker, curveball, four seamer and changeup. His two favorite pitches are the sinker and curve which he uses 64.4% of the time. His curveball is also his best strikeout and put-away pitch. When throwing the curve, he strikes out batters 50% of the time and puts them away 27.5%.
He doesn’t have an overpowering fastball, which averages 93.4 MPH, but he is able to get batters to chase and whiff at the ball at an above-average rate. His chase rate is 37.8% compared to a league average of 28.3% and a whiff rate of 27.0% compared to a league average of 24.3%. This also helps him set up his curveball for that putout pitch.
Another aspect of Dobnak’s game that is very appealing is his low walk rate. He had a walk rate of 4.2% while league average was 8.3%. Though he does have a below-average strikeout rate, keeping the walks down ensures a lower WHIP, which helps keep runners off the bases. Dobnak also had a LOB% of 77.4 LOB% (league average is 71.43).
Another reason why I think Dobnak should be in the first man in the rotation over the other internal candidates is he's proven capable of going longer in games. In the three games he started, not opened, Dobnak gave up just two earned runs while going at least five innings.
I don’t think there was much surprise that Dobnak didn’t go deeper into games, even though he pitched well enough and seemed able to continue the game. With how he pitched in games he started this season, however he deserves to have the best chance from the internal candidates to have the starting spot.
I asked Twitter who they thought the best candidate was and here are the results:
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