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  1. Perhaps Toronto could find a role for him as closer next season. I don’t think anyone took it and sailed off with it after B.J. Ryan lost it.

    Comment by Mark — October 27, 2009 @ 9:41 am

  2. Every time League pitched in a close game for the Jays this past season, the fan base collectively held their breath. The guy doesn’t have the composure to be a top closer, even if he has the speed. I’m not sure if this is confirmation bias but it seemed like he blew a lot of his appearances, usually from the long ball. I don’t know the numbers here but it felt like he wasn’t good with inherited runners. He also has some control issues. I think he has the goods to deliver, but what he might need more than anything is a better pitching coach.

    Comment by Dave — October 27, 2009 @ 10:20 am

  3. Change up? I’m a little surprised. It always looked like more of a sinker to me, thus the ground balls.

    League’s 2009 season was, outside the ill-timed home runs, excellent. His whiffs and Ks were way up, his walks way down. He’s poised to make a bunch of money if he finally avoids the high-leverage struggles.

    Brandon League superfan #1a.

    Comment by Drew — October 27, 2009 @ 10:23 am

  4. The perception that surrounds League is far worse than the reality. He’s one of the best bullpen arms around, the Jays are in no hurry to let him go anywhere.

    Comment by Drew — October 27, 2009 @ 10:24 am

  5. Looking at his Pitch F/X page, there isn’t a whole lot of certainty in those numbers. The offspeed categories seem all screwed up. First it says his slider and “curveball” are the same average speed of 85.7 mph, which would be slider speed.

    What’s really screwy is the horizontal movement (HM). His slider has always been a “backup” slider, with negative HM. That “curveball” listed has a HM value closer to his changeup, which leads me to believe those are mostly changeups. I also wonder if those changeups are actually splitters, since there is so much less HM on those compared to his fastball.

    Whatever his offspeed collection is, there is a lot of movement, mostly downward, and his high-end velocity should result in a productive career.

    Comment by LeeTro — October 27, 2009 @ 11:04 am

  6. Frasor was pretty good.

    Comment by MPC — October 27, 2009 @ 11:24 am

  7. I said above I think it’s a sinker, when splitter is more appropriate. League is the kind of pitcher that pitch f/x seems to hate. His fastball moves so much, its hard to make a lot of sense.

    Comment by Drew — October 27, 2009 @ 11:33 am

  8. How about stretching him out one more time? I always get a vision of Chien-Meng Wang and his awesome ground ball tendencies. Getting 5-6 IPs/game out of League could be intriguing, though it didn’t go well the first time.

    Comment by Matt B. — October 27, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

  9. Don’t tell the fans on the Jay’s board that, they don’t understand this type of analysis and just call you stupid.

    Even though he began his career as a minor’s starter and looked good doing it, but never got a chance up here…

    Comment by opisgod — October 27, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

  10. It’s fastball/splitter, its always been like that. The difference is it becomes a 85 MPH curveball when thrown in to left-handers, and a change when thrown in to right-handers.

    Comment by opisgod — October 27, 2009 @ 6:16 pm

  11. It’s just sample size. He also dominated the Yankee lineup into extra innings, you conveniently ignored that. I’d sooner put him back in the rotation, he pitches like a starter and there is no reason to waste a arm like his on a position where an average reliever will convert over 80% of their chances.

    Comment by opisgod — October 27, 2009 @ 6:23 pm

  12. Wow. Blanket statements FTW.

    Sincerely,
    An inept, dimwitted Jays Fan.

    Aside: Check out BLeague’s peripherals the second time through the order. Not. Pretty.

    Comment by 198d — October 27, 2009 @ 6:42 pm

  13. Spooky…

    Comment by Jeff K — December 27, 2009 @ 5:40 am

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