Monday, January 12, 2009

Jo-Jo Reyes 2009

The good news for Jo-Jo Reyes is that he's only 24 years old, he improved substantially from 2007 to 2008, and that he avoided being part of a rumored trade to the American League for Javier Vazquez.

The bad news is that he's not a very good pitcher, and he's got a girl's name.

The improvement he made last season was substantial, and in all areas. His K/9 went from 4.6 to 5.9. His BB/9 dropped from 5.1 to 3.9. And his groundball rate increased from 44.8% to an excellent 48.8%. Instead of being a great target for daily match-ups, he's now just a very mediocre major leaguer. His control remains weak, and his minor league numbers don't suggest any particular reason for optimism. On the other hand, young pitchers can improve rapidly, and his skills already appear to be trending in the right direction.

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