In this article, I wrote about some of the situations where Spring Training performance is actually pretty signficant.
Now that we're further into the exhibition season, I thought it would be useful to identify some of the pitchers whose performance to date is of interest.
Liriano - 21.1 IP, 19 K, 8 BB. No change in opinion based on this. I expect him to be good, but not quite as good as he used to be.
Hampton - 21 IP, 16 K, 3 BB. Good performance in Spring can come from facing especially weak lineups, but this is SO much better than I would have expected that it's noteworthy.
Verlander - 20.1 IP, 11 K, 14 BB. I don't care if he IS 'working on stuff'. This concerns me.
Harang - 19.2 IP, 10 K, 6 BB. Not extreme enough to mean much, but I was hoping to see him blow hitters away this Spring.
Carpenter - 19 IP, 10 K, 4 BB. Same as Harang.
A. Sanchez - 18.2 IP, 7 K, 9 BB. Not really what you want to see from a guy who has had health and control issues.
Carmona - 16 IP, 6 K, 7 BB. Don't be fooled by the 1.69 ERA.
Zambrano - 16 IP, 15 K, 3 BB. Well that's interesting. Maybe bump him up a bit, although he's always been so overrated (until this year), that the upside probably isn't what some people think it is.
Park - 15.2 IP, 18 K, 1 BB. Probably the correct choice for the Phillies #5 starter.
Zimmerman - 14.1, 20 K, 2 BB. Very impressive, but I'm not quite ready to buy into the level of hype he's getting.