Mike Minor SP Texas Rangers
Let’s talk about Mike Minor. He is the nation’s oldest looking 31 year old, but he’s not pitching like it. As other pitchers slow things down and rely on deception, Minor is coming after hitters with hard cutters and it’s mostly working. But let’s dig deeper.
Mike Minor lowers his ERA to 2.51 after tonight's outing against the Mariners:
– 11 Ks
– 35% CSW rate
– 19 whiffs
Here are his K's. My favorite has to be that SL to Healy. pic.twitter.com/KrliH1RYFJ
— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) May 21, 2019
Brad Peacock SP Houston Astros
Another 31 one year old I am buying back into is Brad Peacock. For me, he is even a little more exciting than Minor because I think the best is yet to come. Early talk of not being able to find the feel for his slider has guaranteed that Peacock won’t repeat his amazing 2018 season. However, his stuff seems to be back over his last 3 starts.
- 17 innings
- 3 wins
- 0.53 ERA
- 0.76 WHIP
- 24 Strikeouts
He’s in the 83rd percentile in xOBA and xSLG, which should make you very optimistic. His LOB% should go up, but his BABIP against will probably balance this out. What you are looking at here is a 10 K/9 starter on a great offense who should pitch to a 3.50 ERA the rest of the way. This is very valuable. The key to monitor with Peacock is his FB%. When he gets behind he has to overuse his fastball. When he’s throwing strikes his slider and new-found feel for his knuckle curve take over. And he has been very successful using his breaking ball late in the count for the strikeouts he needs-looking or swinging.
Peacock’s 5/20 start against the White Sox is what we want him to do. 32 4-seam fastballs and a combined 31 sliders and knuckle curves. The closer the FB% is to 50%, the better. Get Peacock where you can and keep monitoring his control and pitch mix. I think he is a strong SP4 candidate with plenty of K potential to help you in the stretch run.
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