Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:09 PM
I AM NOT MAKING, NOR ATTEMPTING TO MAKE ANY "BROAD", "SWEEPING", OR "FINAL" CONCLUSIONS.
(IT'S SAD THAT I HAVE TO POST THIS DISCLAIMER SIMPLY BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS BASEBALL BEFORE JUNE)
So given the bad performances we've seen so far from the pen, how soon do you think we could possibly see a move? And who do you think would be the first one up?
Tonkin looked great during his call up last year, looked even better in ST, and he just threw another 2 hitless innings with a 2:0 K/BB ratio today.
I was a little (only a little though) surprised he didn't make the club out of ST, given Antony's comments about guys stepping up and winning a job. Of course, in hindsight those comments seem a little hollow given some of the players we did take north.
If he keeps putting up numbers in AAA, and guys in the MLB pen keep struggling, how soon do you think we could see a move? I'd really like to see him up here.
Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:52 PM
Perkins - No.
Burton - Long Leash, not being demoted.
Duensing - Long Leash, not being demoted.
Fien - has an option, but after 1 1/2 strong seasons, should get a long leash.
Swarzak - Out of options, strong last year, should have a long leash.
Thielbar - has two options, but after last season, should be given time to make adjustments, at least end of April, maybe longer.
Deduno - remains a starting option, out of options, I would think he'll get at least a month.
They could go to 13 pitchers, but I would think they'll want to go through the rotation again a couple of times and hope they'll be getting through 6-7 most nights.
So, my deduction is that it'd be at least 4-6 weeks.
Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:57 PM
Outside of hoping he gains trade value though, I guess I don't understand why Burton should have such a long leash.
Sure, he was pretty good in '12, but he wasn't very good last year, and his career numbers are pretty mediocre, at best. On top of that his age means its unlikely he'll be a significant part of our next contending team, where as Tonkin hopefully will be.
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Posted 07 April 2014 - 10:18 AM
I would also expect to see 13 pitchers on the roster when the schedule tightens and days off become more rare. For example, there are 13 games over 13 days coming up at the end of the month (4/29 to 5/11). If weather postponements stack up into doubleheaders, we could see another arm on the roster sooner rather than later.