Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II
posted at 3/23/2013 12:38 AM EDT
In response to mef429's comment:
In response to ampoule's comment:
I realize that Tazawa was a starter before his injury/surgery. But really, how much history is there? Did he pitch in college in Japan? I don't know. I'm sure that didn't pitch that many innings.
Besides, the guy is only 5'11''/180. I know Pedro was about the same size, but Taz certainly isn't CC Sabathia.
Bard was terrible as a starter in the minors. We all know the sad story after his rise to successful set up man. After seeing this and the plateau that Joba C. hit after the Yankees tried 'stretching' him, I feel very apprehensive about tinkering with success.
I say leave him where he is unless ABSOLUTELY necessary. With Aceves possibly seeing the exit sign, I don't anticipate the Sox messing with anything.
Taz has 208 IP in the minors. more than half of which came from starting in 2009. during that year had these numbers in 20 starts: 2.55ERA, 1.043 WHIP, 7.7 K/9 and a 3.48 K/BB ratio in 109.1 IP Then he got hurt.
that is not a failure like bard. Who (for context) put up these numbers in 22 starts in the minors: 7.08 ERA, 2.053 WHIP, 5.6 K/9 and a 0.6 K/BB ratio in 75 IP.
Tazawa didn't pitch in the japanese league at all. He pitched for a series of indepentant leagues where he caught the eyes of Sox scouts. there was a great article posted here about the scouting adventures of junichi tazawa... i'll see if i can dig it up. But to answer your question, yes he has a history of starting, he started and relieved in Japan but did more starting than anything. He was signed to be a starter and did a damn fine job until he had TJS. While he can give the sox immediate support in 2013 by being a part of the BP i think it would be a smart long term move to either let him start in AAA or stretch him out in the bigs as a long-man/spot starter.
I'm just blown away every time i see this kid pitch, he should have a chance to do damage for 6 innings a game, not 1.
Not being a stat guy, it was a big deal for me to look up his innings on fangraph.... In 2009, he threw 134.2 innings. I'm impressed with that year and agree with you about his stuff. No doubt he's a very talented kid. I hope the innings weren't responsible for his arm injury.
But, his size still bothers me somewhat. Guys nowadays are monsters. They have to be because of the strenuous schedule etc. Would he last? Re-injure?
Perhaps the Sox will do him a favor to prolong his career by not rushing him into a starter position.