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Phil Hughes is having an All-Star season and were several signs that this would be

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Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch

Phil Hughes so far (8 starts, about a quarter of the season) has been the Minnesota Twins' best pitcher and should definitely have All-Star consideration. In addition to his old school 4-1, 3.61 ERA, he has 7.6 K/9, 6.7 K/BB, and 1.225 WHIP. This translates to a 41.6 PE, which is in Ace territory. Take into consideration that he achieved that with a .326 BABIP (thanks to the Twins' playing catchers, shortstops and designated hitters at the outfield), and his numbers become ever more impressive: Adjusted WHIP: 1.09, xPE: 46.8, FIP 2.94. The strikeouts (20.3% K-rate and 7.6 K/9) are especially a welcome departure from the usual for the Twins.

Last season was a horrible season for Hughes, but still his K-rate was high (and has been, it has 18.9% and 20.3%, last season and the season before last, respectively) and was going deep into games. This game, against the eventual AL West champions, could have been a mirror image of his last appearance with the Twins:

All in all, Phil Hughes is up to a great start and it should not be all that surprising. According to this analysis, he was a solid two to three starter last season, and based on this analysis, he was a good, but not a top 3, pitcher for the Twins to target last off-season.
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  2. h2oface's Avatar
    I guess I would reserve the word "great" for greatness, and not goodness. The first three starts still count. Certainly just about all great pitchers will have a few real rotten outings each year. 3 out of 5 and I am not ready to anoint Hughes an All-Star. He has time to become one, I guess, since the All-Star designation, especially with the fans voting as they do, has become quite fickle, and is only usually based on a hot start each year. If the All-Stars were picked and voted on for a whole season's work, the teams would rarely look like the same teams, and especially the pitchers.
    Updated 05-18-2014 at 01:14 PM by h2oface
  3. Thrylos's Avatar
    The fans do not vote for pitchers

    And the Twins need a representative. And if nobody is voted by the fans, one will be chosen by John Farrell. I suspect that Cano and Pedroia will be ahead of Dozier, so Hughes will likely make it...
  4. Sconnie's Avatar
    The All-Star for the Twins should be Hughes or Dozier, but I think it will be Perkins.

    i was optimistic about the signing, and am further heartened by the start. I hope he can continue his duchess as the data suggests he could. Being in a larger park really did help his performance. Imagine what a real major league outfielding defense could do.

    Not a high bar, but he has been the Twins' best pitcher this season. Even with the rotation shaping up over the last 3 weeks or so, he has continued to be their best pitcher.
  5. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
    I also think Perkins has the inside track. Gardenhire was named a bench coach and he and Perk seem pretty tight, so if Gardy has any sway it might be Perkins (provided he maintains the numbers). OTOH adding a former Yankee might be a fun bit of schadenfreude for a Boston manager. On the third hand, if Dozier continues hitting (say he somehow reaches 20/20 at the break) it will be tough to leave him off. And obviously I am just guessing about all of this
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