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The Real Justin Upton Trade


On Thursday, the Atlanta Braves traded for Chris Johnson and Justin Upton from the Arizona Diamondbacks, who received Martin Prado, Zeke Spruill, Randall Delgado, Nick Ahmed, and Brandon Drury.  It seemed like the mass reaction to the real Upton trade is that the Diamondbacks were somewhat fleeced, or did not get enough back from the Braves. Just looking at the names, it seems pretty clear that the Braves did not give up as much as the Mariners were going to give up for Upton.

Dan Symborski did post the ZIPs projections on all the players in the trade (except Drury) and has Atlanta getting 3.6 WAR for 2012, while the Diamondbacks get 5.7 WAR for 2012 in the trade, if you assume that Delgado and Spruill get around 140 innings each and Nick Ahmed playing everyday. It is doubtful that Delgado and Spruill will get a combined 280 innings, and Nick Ahmed has never even played in AA, making it doubtful he will even reach the Majors in 2013. ZIPs also has some serious problems when it comes to projecting rookie pitchers as well. With these qualifications aside, it still seems like it is hard to argue that the Diamondbacks were absolutely robbed in the trade. So we will break the trade down the trade by player, with some notes on each and then, at the end, compare it to the package the Mariners were willing to give up to get Upton before he declined the trade.

If you look at those ZIPs projections, you notice that Martin Prado is actually projected to be better than Justin Upton, and many have pointed out that he had a better rWAR in 2012 than Upton. Over the past 3 seasons, Prado has averaged a 2.3 WAA and 4.03 rWAR, which is quite impressive. He has had over 1 defensive win above average over the last 3 years as well, according to DRS. UZR likes him, but less, especially in 2010-2011 (before he was rated as 1.78 wins). If you replace DRS with UZR and add the “runs created above average” (RBAT according to BR), he still was worth 1 and a half wins above average (!) over those 3 years. One can discount defensive metrics, as they do have their problems (if you look at just the brute number of balls he is turning into outs, or range factor, he has been below average in left field over the last 2 years), but he does provide some positional flexibility. He can play 3rd, which is good considering Arizona had problems with that position last year and have traded away both Ryan Wheeler and Chris Johnson now, along with left-field and has even subbed in at shortstop and 1st base on occasion over the last two years. Even if he isn’t a great fielder, if he can hold his own at several different positions, like say a Zobrist or a Bonafacio, he provides quite a bit of value. With that said, one of the reasons the Diamondbacks made this trade was because of a created logjam in the outfield. So Prado probably won’t play much left field, and the Diamondbacks did sign Eric Chavez. Chavez is unreliable thanks to platoon and injury issues, but he is a decent player. The Diamondbacks could see him as more of a pinch hitter, which should help Chavez stay healthy. With the bat, he simply isn’t as good as Upton, and he is 4 years older, but this isn’t a 1 for 1 trade. I don’t think Prado is actually better than Upton, but that is why the Diamondbacks received some minor league players as well.

Randall Delgado was nearly a Cub in the middle of the season, before Ryan Dempster declined a trade. A 22 year old (will turn 23 before Spring Training begins), Delgado has been given 24 big league starts (127.2 innings) and hasn’t been spectacular (or even quite average, with a negative WAA and 113 FIP -), but he has held his own. The lack of strikeouts could be a little concerning, but he is getting ground-balls. He has a good fastball, averaging 92.5 MPH, actually throwing many moving fastballs (not surprising when you look at the ground-ball rate) reaching up to about 97 MPH. Many seemed surprised that the Diamondbacks didn’t get Julio Teheran in the trade, as he is the better prospect with perhaps a better fastball (averaging 92.8 MPH, reaching 96 MPH), but Teheran really struggled in 2012. Delgado also throws a healthy amount of changeups and curveballs, both reasonably hard with the changeup being the big strikeout pitch for Delgado. Since 2007, out of the 286 pitchers that have thrown at least 200 changeups, Delgado gets the 13th most whiffs out of swings on his changeup (Blake Beavan is last, King Felix is 39th). So he clearly has a good fastball and a big strikeout pitch, but his curve is lacking, as his curve is 202th in whiffs/swings since 2007, between Jo Jo Reyes and Randy Wolf. Delgado’s ability to develop a 3rd pitch, whether it is the curve or something else, will determine whether or not he becomes more than an averagish starter. But for now, the Diamondbacks get an okay cheap young starter with the potential to get better.


I wrote about Zeke Spruill here, so there is no reason to repeat myself when it comes to him. He seems to be pretty close to the Majors, but he doesn’t have great stuff, so his ceiling will be very low. While he may be able to keep himself in the Majors for a while, he isn’t going to be an impact pitcher. Despite some decent numbers in the minors, I wasn’t impressed with his breaking stuff, so a pessimist might say he becomes a long man/low leverage reliever/swingman. He will get some ground-balls, but he won’t strikeout a lot of hitters.

According to the data I collected here, Nick Ahmed, a former 2nd round pick who will turn 23 in Spring Training, was the best minor league shortstop according to FRAA in 2012 and he was the 2nd best (out of 116) according to Range Factor. He is also a good baserunner, as he was 19th best according to Speed Score and stole 40 bases. The question is the bat, as StatCorner rated his power as below average and he had a 104 wOBA +, which is above league average, but not overly impressive when he hasn’t even reached AA yet. He played in a slightly pitcher friendly park, but not extreme. He isn’t quite highly as rated as Nick Franklin is (more on that later), but there is a lot to like about his profile, and he doesn’t have to become a great hitter, he just needs to be adequate.

Brandon Drury is a 20 year old right-handed infielder that has mainly played 3rd base since being drafted in the 13th round in 2010 by the Braves. Defensively, he is clearly below average and may have to move to first long term (he has already played significant time there). This may be bad news for Drury, as though he was young for the level, he was considerably worse than league average offensively, not hitting for much power or average (nor walking very much). There aren’t a lot of reasons to expect Drury to amount to much.

So how does this deal compare to the one the Mariners and Diamondbacks concocted? The first thing you notice is the lack of big league players. The Mariners were going to give up Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Nick Franklin, and Taijuan Walker. All of these players were at least in AA in 2012, unlike the Braves trade. I was not a fan of this trade for the Mariners. While Pryor and Furbush are relievers, they are both good relievers, and the Mariners were giving up their 2nd best position player prospect, and their best pitching prospect (who is a top 20 and perhaps top 10 prospect in all of baseball). The Braves weren’t giving up this. Ahmed is further from the Majors than Franklin, and why there are less questions about positional certainty and the glove, there are more offensive questions. Drury appears to be nothing, while Spruill looks like a back of the rotation pitcher. While Delgado comes with a little less risk than Walker and is further along in his development, Walker has a better fastball and curveball and clearly has the higher ceiling. Even if the Braves had given Teheran instead of Delgado, that still doesn’t equal Walker in my opinion. I don’t think Martin Prado, as solid of a player he is, makes the difference of the upgrades of each player (especially when you factor in Chris Johnson, who seems like a serviceable player at 3rd, ideally not a starter, but provides some offensive value at the corners). The Mariners were willing to give up more than the Braves. I don’t think the Diamondbacks necessarily got embarrassed, and depending on how you value Prado, but they didn’t get the value they thought they were going to get from the Mariners.

Stephen Pryor or Carter Capps?

Carter Capps Mariners
Stephen Pryor Mariners

Stephen Pryor

My reasoning for ranking Pryor over Capps has been as follows:

1. While Capps does have a harder fastball than Pryor, and there is a correlation between fastball velocity and success, they are both plus fastballs.

2. Pryor has better breaking pitches than Capps. I watched many AA outings in which Capps fired 100 MPH fastball after 100 MPH fastball, only to watch AA hitters foul them off because they knew it was coming (and when Capps did throw a breaking ball, it was usually horrible). The counter argument to this is that Capps breaking ball looked better in the Majors and he even threw a few changeups. Of course, we will look at this further below.

3. Capps arm angle may lend him to have larger platoon splits than Pryor, or more than he should for a flamethrower, especially if he is lacking breaking pitches.

This is somewhat academic, as both project to make the team’s bullpen in 2013 and I don’t think they have plans of trading either (though it may not necessarily be a bad idea). While Capps’ was better in the Majors in 2012, it was a small sample size and I don’t know how much we should actually read into it. I also don’t think comparing minor league statistics is very helpful since the correlation between minor league pitching numbers and MLB pitching numbers isn’t great, especially when compared to velocity.

I have seen that there is a difference between fastballs that average over 97 MPH and fastballs that average 96 MPH. This is relevant to this post because Pryor had an average fastball velocity of 96.2 MPH according to Fangraphs in 2012, while Capps had a 97.8 MPH average fastball. I wanted to look at more data though. I set up a custom report using Fangraphs’ leaderboards (that you can see here) to look at fastball velocity, different breaking pitches, and success. There are 5 relievers that are qualified from 2007 to 2012 (the Pitch F/X era) that have an average fastball velocity of over 97 MPH. Those five average a 79.2 FIP – and 12.48 weighted runs off the fastball per pitcher. The 7 pitchers that had a fastball velocity between 96-96.9 MPH on average had a 70.14 FIP – on average and 24.89 weighted runs off the fastball per pitcher. So the 96-97 MPH guys were actually better than the ones with a fastball over 97 MPH! Obviously, this is a very small sample size, and isn’t exactly supported by other data, but it is interesting and may support the claim that there isn’t much difference between Capps’ and Pryor’s fastball.

There were some problems in Pitch F/X in labelling Pryor’s slider, as some wanted to call it a cutter. I think it is a slider, Brooks Baseball calls it a slider, but Pryor himself calls it a cutter. So in the leaderboard, I put both sliders and cutters to give us a look at both.

If it is a cutter, then its 90 MPH average is the top 22 velocity wise since 2007. Those other 22 relievers with a cutter over 90 MPH had an average 89.18 FIP – and the top 30 in cutter velocity had a 5.00 weighted run value per pitcher. According to Fangraphs, if you change what is labelled as a slider to a cutter, he threw it 26.3% of the time. Of the 22 pitchers that threw at least 90 MPH on his cutter, just 3 threw cutters at a higher percentage. One of those 3 were Mariano Rivera, obviously tilting the data favorably. The other two are Jared Burton, who has been successful, and Logan Odrusek, who has not been. Both of those pitchers have similar fastball velocities, well below Pryor’s.

If it is a slider, Pryor’s 90 MPH would be the hardest slider out of qualified relief pitchers since 2007. This is another piece evidence that he throws a cutter and not a slider. Just for fun, the pitchers with the hardest 30 sliders had a 91.4 FIP – on average with a 5.87 weighted run value per pitcher. Either way, it is nice to throw hard.

Carter Capps’ main breaking ball was a curveball that he threw ~17% of the time. It averaged 83.2 MPH, something that looks like a slider velocity wise, but is widely accepted to be, including by all the major Pitch F/X systems, is a curveball. That puts him in the elite velocity category when it comes to curveballs. I have already broken down the correlation between curveball velocity and success here, and I saw that the correlation between curveball velocity and curveball success was very strong (that is, the harder the curve, the better). So like Pryor, his ability to throw his breaking pitches hard makes it more likely he will be successful. However, when I looked at curveballs in the previous post, I didn’t look at the correlation between curveball velocity and overall FIP -, so I added curveball velocity to the leaderboard linked to above. The top 30 curveball velocity pitchers (80.7 MPH being the lowest) had a 84.3 FIP -. Only 4 qualified relief pitchers since 2007 have thrown curveballs as hard (Esmil Rogers is exactly the same) or harder than Capps on average. The FIP – of those pitchers is 73.5, better than what we saw for the elite cutter or slider velocity pitchers. The original question about Capps for me though was that he threw too many fastballs because his breaking pitches weren’t very good. It seems that his curveball is good (along as he can command it), but I wanted to look at fastball percentage. Capps throws fastballs anywhere between 79-83 % of the time, about 10% more than Pryor throws fastballs. I wanted to see if there was any correlation, either negative or positive, between just fastball percentage and success. When looking at the qualified relief pitchers since the beginning of the Pitch F/X era, it is clear that Capps’ threw fastballs about as much as any of them. The problem is that Pryor would still fit into the top 30, just towards the bottom part. So, perhaps just for fun, I split the top 30 in half.

The top 15 qualified relief pitchers in fastball percentage since 2007: 86.6 FIP -, 94.6 Average MPH, 18.39 wFB

16-30: 96.73 FIP -, 93.03 Average MPH, 7.37 wFB

There appears to be a large survivor bias, as the pitchers who throw the most fastballs are the ones that can get away with it because they are plus fastballs. However, I was surprised that the regression happened so quickly. When you look at the 30 pitchers who threw the least amount of fastballs, they had a 89.47 FIP – and 90.8 Average MPH fastball. So it may be, as we have seen before on fastballs, the fastest are the best, while the slowest are good, and the one towards the median are the worst. This seems to be the pattern in fastballs thrown, barring major classification errors, which do happen (especially for pitchers that throw fastballs “4% of the time”).

Capps’ changeup is disputed when looking at Pitch F/X data, but I did see some when I watched him pitch in the Majors. How this pitch develops is a variable that is really difficult to account for, as Pryor threw a handful of changeups as well. For this post, we are just sort of ignoring them because we don’t really know enough about them.

I was not real sure how to measure the arm angle thing other than looking at platoon splits (other than just the general rule that usually applies to sidearmers, the farther your arm goes out, the bigger your platoon splits will be). If these are the indication for future platoon splits, then there is no reason to suspect Capps will have platoon splits in the Majors, as he was actually better against lefties in the minors. Pryor turned out to be the one that had the big platoon splits, as he struggled somewhat against lefties when it came to K/BB.

Pryor’s health may be another variable that we aren’t sure how to account for. He missed over a month in 2012 thanks to a groin injury, and as alluded to in the interview linked to above, he has had arm problems in the past. Considering all this data, it seems that it is impossible to rationally continue ranking Pryor over Capps. While there are plenty of indicators that Pryor will be a successful reliever in the Majors, it appears that there are more reasons to believe Capps will be successful and will be better. While there are always more variables when it comes to pitchers (for one, both deliveries are sort of hard to watch), future 40 man roster rankings on this site will reflect this.

Reflections on the Hard Throwing 2012 (and 2013) Bullpen


Carter Capps turned 22 today. He has just one (bad) appearance in the big leagues so far after being brought up last week. However, as advertised (and as we saw in Jackson and one appearance in Tacoma) he threw hard. In his outing, he averaged 99.5 MPH on his fastball. Not bad for a 3rd round pick out of a no-name college. He isn’t the only guy in the bullpen that has years of cheap team control and throws hard. Stephen Pryor, in just 6.1 innings, is averaging 96.1 MPH on his fastball, sometimes taking shots at 100 MPH.

This is a theme we have seen all year in the Mariners’ bullpen. They throw hard. This year, the Mariners have the hardest throwing bullpen in the American League according to Fangraphs’ average velocity on fastballs. They have the third highest velocity in all of the MLB (the Reds have Aroldis Chapman, which is hardly fair). The Mariners have built a bullpen that is both young (excluding Oliver Perez and Josh Kinney, who aren’t under contract for next year) and throws hard. These two hard throwers replace Brandon League and Steve Delabar, two relievers who threw pretty hard, but nearly as hard as Pryor and Capps. In return, the Mariners tried to rebuild their lineup by adding Leon Landry in High A and Eric Thames in the Majors. They also got Logan Bawcom, which made no sense to me. In my scouting report on him, I couldn’t really figure out why they got him. He throws 92-93 MPH as a right-hander. This is not a piece they needed. Especially when you consider that the Mariners added two sub 90 MPH right-handers in the Ichiro trade.

Chance Ruffin was part of the Doug Fister trade last year as a pitcher with a good 95ish MPH (averaged 93.4 MPH in his stint in the Majors last year) fastball and a quality breaking ball. He didn’t make the team out of spring training and was assigned to Tacoma. He has been a disaster, with serious bouts of control issues early in the season. He has a 4.68 FIP and 4.94 SIERA for the season. More concerning than the high walk walk total is the lack of strikeouts. He is striking out 15.7% of batters, well below PCL averages. He still has a chance of being a September call-up.

Next year’s bullpen will include Shawn Kelley (who will arbitration eligible for the first time, but I don’t see why he wouldn’t be tendered a contract), Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, Capps, Pryor, and perhaps some combo of Hector Noesi, Danny Farquhar, Ruffin, D.J. Mitchell, Bawcom, and Ruffin. There, you have 4 to 5 really good hard throwing bullpen arms. The others will probably prove adequate, but the Mariners could (and all previous indications is that they will, as Jack Z apparently loves cheap veteran bullpen arms) sign a free agent like Juan Cruz, Brandon Lyon, Randy Choate, or J.P. Howell (although none of those guys are real upgrades in my opinion).


Stephen Pryor moves up the ladder yet again


After Wednesday’s beat down of the Rangers, the Mariners made a roster move, sending Steve Delabar to AAA and bringing up Stephen Pryor.

Delabar had a -.3 WAR according to Fangraphs, with a 5.45 FIP. His big problem was giving up homers, as he gave up 2.59 HR/9IP. Amazingly, he gave up as many homers as walks. 30 % of his fly-balls allowed became home runs. For comparison, league average is usually about 10 %. This means either one of two things, Delabar is horribly unlucky, or the fly-balls he gives up are “harder” than the average fly-balls. There seems to be evidence for both sides. 3 of his 7 home runs allowed came in the Ballpark of Arlington. The Ballpark in Arlington is notorious for its “jetstream”, where balls that aren’t hit very hard mysteriously fly out of the ballpark (anyone who watched this past series against Texas can attest to this). The Rangers also have a really good lineup, if you give up a home run to Josh Hamilton or Adrian Beltre, it is much less crushing than giving up one to Chris Getz or Yuni Betancourt. On the other hand, the Rangers are in the Mariners’ division, you have to be able to pitcher there and against them. Delabar is giving up a baffling 1.217 SLG on the year on fly-balls. This is why many of the advanced metrics are split on Delabar. For example, his tERA is 5.21, but his SIERA is 2.18 and his xFIP is 3.06 (compared to his ERA of 5.18). Remember, this is a guy who has plus velocity and a 4.43 K/BB ratio, which is quite stellar. He is also getting an okay ground-ball rate, and is giving up less line drives than league average. It is a small sample size, with just 24.1 innings this year. He is missing bats, with much less contact than league averages. The thing about evaluating relievers is that you almost never get a sizable enough sample size to really see how good they are. Is Delabar better than a 5.18 ERA? No question. However, will he soon show these results? I have no idea. One thing we have seen about Delabar in his short sample size is that he is basically a reverse platoon pitcher. Against righties, batters are hitting .264/.350/.679  against him. Lefties are hitting just .108/.175/.135. He faced more righties than lefties unfortunately for him this year. It would seem that next time that the Mariners need a lefty in the bullpen, they should bring up right handed Steve Delabar, he can get lefties out.

Stephen Pryor started the year in Jackson, but after dominating in 16 innings with a 1.14 FIP, he was brought up to Tacoma (AAA). In 12 innings there, he pitched in the 8th and 9th, and didn’t give up a run (2.45 FIP). These sample sizes are much too small to really draw any conclusions from, but it is safe to say that Pryor has really good stuff. He has hit 100 MPH before, and consistently lives in the high 90s. He doesn’t have much of a platoon split, and has consistently racked up some high strikeout totals (with some high walk totals to go along with them). ESPN’s Keith Law notes that Stephen Pryor has plus fastball, an inconsistent but above average slider, but below average command.

On Thursday, Tacoma lost to the Reno Aces 8-3.

The Rainiers were facing Patrick Corbin, who has made 5 big league starts this year. Corbin had major control issues in the 2nd, but Scott Savastano bailed him out with a ground-ball. Savastano also struck out on a breaking pitch out of the zone in the game. Luis Rodriquez hit a ball hard to center, but it was a long out. He also continues to impress on defense, making one beautiful play at 2nd base, and made at least 3 very solid plays in the game. Carlos Peguero had somewhat of a mixed day at the plate, as he swung and missed twice in his first at-bat, including chasing a breaking ball to strikeout. He also had a hard 1 hop grounder that was turned into an out. Vinnie Catricala hit a hard ball for a long out, and then  hit a homer to left center (followed by an RBI single in another at-bat). Breaking pitches are still chewing Carlos Triunfel up, but Guillermo Quiroz just missed a double, but it went inches foul. He then hit a single up the middle to end the at-bat. Casper Wells struck out, which he is prone to do, but he also had another walk, and showed off some speed on the basepaths. After a Mike Wilson bloop single made the game 4-3, a smash by Trayvon Robinson with the bases loaded was caught to end a bases loaded threat.

Jeff Marquez pitched for Tacoma, and is still struggling. After he gave up a screamer to LF to Adam Eaton to lead-off the game, a Randy Ruiz smash put Reno up 1-0 with another double. He got a strikeout on a 89 MPH inside fastball, but he gave up another double to left to make it 2-0 on a horrible breaking pitch. A better breaking pitch ended the first inning on a called strike 3. The 2nd started off with another double, and then a hard foul that was almost another double. The 3rd started off with a deep fly-out, but he got Ruiz to strikeout on a nice breaking ball looking. Then the inning fell apart as a 4 pitch walk was followed by a base hit before a wild pitch made it 4-0. In the 4th, a bad luck single was followed by a hit by pitch, but he got out of it with 2 grounders. Another HBP in the 5th led to another double play for Marquez. After another awful Cesar Jimenez (who has a much higher ERA this year despite a better K/BB ratio than last year) appearance, Oliver Perez got a 1 pitch pop out to CF to get out of the jam. He mostly was getting ahead of counts, but went from 0-2 to 3-2 against Eaton before Eaton hit a double (Eaton tried to make it a triple, but a solid play by Peguero got him out at 3rd on a close play). He struck out the next hitter on 3 pitches. Luis Jimenez missed yet another game, recovering from a ball that he fouled off his leg.

Tacoma loses, Gutierrez update, and other Minor League notes


The Seattle Mariners’ AAA affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers, lost to the Reno Aces (of the Arizona Diamondback’s organization) 7-5.

I know it’s not surprising, but Luis Jimenez just looks bad at first. He then fouled off a pitch off his ankle and had to be taken out of the game. Casper Wells played right field and slipped on a play in the first that helped give the Aces the lead. Wells did gun someone down at the plate to end the 4th. He also swung and missed on a curveball to strikeout in the first (he also had 2 of the team’s 6 walks). Guillermo Quiroz hit a ball off the wall for a double. Vinnie Catricala came up in the 4th with 2 on and 1 out and hit into a double play after falling behind 1-2 (it was his 11th double play he has hit into this year, leading the PCL. He also struck out twice)f. Trayvon Robinson made a fantastic play in the bottom of the 4th in center field. Mike Wilson looked really bad on a strikeout. Leury Bonilla took over for Luis Jimenez after he had to leave the game. He responded by hitting his first AAA homer. Carlos Peguero had a rough night, going 0-5 with 2 strikeouts. Carlos Triunfel also struck out 3 times.

Andrew Carraway really struggled, giving up 12 hits in 5 innings (7 runs, 4 earned). There were a lot of balls hit to the deeper parts of the outfield off Carraway. At least 3 of the balls were hit to the wall. This is the kind of regression I sort of expected with Carraway in the PCL considering the lack of real stuff/velocity he has (many people see him as a sleeper prospect, but I have not been a gigantic fan of what I have seen, despite the good results). He obviously had some bad luck and bad defense (Luis Rodriquez did make a nice play) behind him on Tuesday. He certainly is not this bad. He did break a bat in the 3rd and struck out two batters. Brian Sweeney and Stephen Pryor combined out of the bullpen to pitch 3 innings, give up 2 hits (both by Sweeney), no walks, and 3 strikeouts.

Franklin Gutierrez is in Arizona for extended spring training. He played a game as the DH on Tuesday and will play out in the field on Wednesday.

James Paxton did go on the DL with a not serious knee injury, Taylor Stanton has been promoted from High Desert. Stephen Kohlscheen will come up from Clinton to pitch for High Desert. Kohlscheen was drafted in the 45th round in 2010 by the Mariners, so obviously he isn’t a prospect and is more of minor league filler. At age 23, he was old for the league, and appeared in 12 games out of the bullpen. He was getting some strikeouts, over 10 per 9 innings, but he was also walking 4.32 per 9 innings. He was also suffering from a .391 BABIP. Taylor Stanton has throw 37 hard luck innings in High Desert (ERA of 6.08 but FIP of 3.44). He has a mediocre strikeout rate of 6.08 K/9IP but is walking less than 2 batters per 9 innings. Stanton has had extreme problems with lefties, who are batting .414/.444/.569 off of him. He also has the typical High Desert splits, with a 7.78 ERA at home and 4.93 ERA on the road. He has done a good job getting ground-balls, which make his High Desert stats a little more bizarre. Andrew Kittredge will take the open spot on Clinton’s roster from extended Spring Training. Kittredge was drafted in the 45th round in 2008 by the Mariners but didn’t sign. He later signed as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and appeared in 1 game for the Everett Aqua Sox last year.

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