Does it seem that an extraordinary amount of pitching has ended up on the disabled list this season? While it sure seems that way, studies show the numbers are actually below the norm. What we do know for sure is that you have an open pitching spot on your roster or will have one open up sometime this week.
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Tired of the same retread pitching? We have identified seven pitchers, currently in the minors, that may be up soon. Keep a close eye on the daily MLB transactions as this group has either already spent time with "The Show" this season, or expectations suggest they will be soon.
Brad Peacock Oakland- Arguably the key to the deal that sent Gio Gonzalez to the Nationals. Peacock arrived with gaudy minor league numbers with Washington, 15-3 a season ago. Peacock has been roughed up a bit, but that is the nature of the Pacific Coast League. Peacock is 5-1 with AAA-Sacramento, with a 4.17 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He has the strikeout pitch working with 43 K's in 45 innings over eight starts.
Junichi Tazawa Boston- Tazawa had a cup of tea late last month with five relief appearances. Tazawa didn't allow a run over six and a third, with four strikeouts and a save for his efforts. Bobby Valentine needed another infielder do the injury bug with Tazawa getting send down on the first of May. Once a prized prospect, Tazawa fell victim to the dreaded "Tommy John" surgery. With Daniel Bard still in the rotation, expect Tazawa to get the call back up soon.
Trevor Bauer Arizona- Bauer will be a must have when Arizona calls him up late in the season. Make sure you grab him quick as he is a special pitcher. Bauer is 2-0 in three starts since getting his promotion to Triple-A. Overall, the 2011 first round pick is 9-1 in 11 starts with 84 strikeouts. On Monday night, Bauer shut down a Sacramento lineup that featured Manny Ramirez and Yoenis Cespedes.
Nate Adocck Kansas City- Adcock was sent down to Triple-A after getting roughed up by Cleveland. Adcock was solid in his first five appearances, failing to give up more than one run. Expect Adcock to get stretched out in Omaha and return as a starter. Adock spent much of last season and when call up this year out of the bullpen.
Patrick Corbin Arizona- Corbin was sent down last week with Daniel Hudson returning from the disabled list. Corbin was 2-3 with a 5.37 ERA over five May starts. Things blew up for Corbin at Coors field, otherwise he was solid. The 22 year old left hander was part of the trade that sent Dan Haren to Anaheim and should be back up soon. Expect him to tune up in Triple-A after dominating Double-A in April.
Shelby Miller St.Louis- Along with Bauer, Miller is most anticipated National league pitching prospect. Since getting called up to Triple-A, Miller's numbers have ballooned since arriving in the Pacific Coast league, but he continues to hit the mid-90's on the radar gun. Expect the Cardinals to make the transition from the Chris Carpenter era, to the Miller era sometime this Fall.
Fernando Salas St.Louis- Keep an eye on Jason Motte as Salas could be called back up quickly. Banished to Triple-A Memphis after struggling over his last ten appearances, Salas has the stuff to close. For those that don't remember, Salas won 5 games and saved 24 with an ERA of 2.28 and a miniscule WHIP of 0.94 a year ago. The Cardinals wouldn't of won it all wiithout him and he should be back up very soon.
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