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  1. Good article, but this:

    “Bard was once a relief ace for the Red Sox and the heir to Jonathan Papelbon, but after a failed attempt to convert him to starter he’s struggled to regain his past form … one has to feel bad for him after the botched conversion.”

    is common revisionist history. Bard fell apart at the end of the season *before* his conversion and never recovered. Blaming his problem on attempting to start makes little sense. He hasn’t had any control at all since late 2011.

    Comment by NS — April 18, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

  2. Yeah, I was told this on twitter. Sorry! Frankly, I’m too focused on the minors. But, I’m glad it’s a common mistake!

    Comment by JD Sussman — April 18, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

  3. This. Everyone and their mother wants to blame the starting experiment for Bard’s problems.

    While it certainly didn’t help matters, evidence is to the contrary. He was facing the exact same issues to close out the 2011 season as a, get this, reliever.

    Comment by Jonathan — April 18, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

  4. Brandon needs to be successful just for the inevitable “Workmanlike Performance” headlines.

    Comment by Ryan — April 18, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

  5. Nice article. Workman has been kinda ignored since the Sox had him pitch in low A his first full year. But he has a highly regarded guy coming out of Texas BA, Kieth Law etc all had him as a top 20 prospect in the 2010 draft.

    I saw him in Salem last year and the scout I was talking to had his fastball a bit consistently higher. Average about 91-92 he said. Also mentioned his Cutter was 88-90 and his best pitch. The few reports ive read besides this one also always mention that. Did he not throw it last night?

    Comment by Corris — April 18, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

  6. Corris, he didn’t throw a cutter that night in New Britain. I *hate* to speculate as to why but possibly because of the cold. It’s hard to say. I didn’t mention the cutter because I didn’t see it and I keep these reports to my and scouts observations from that sample. Guys change too much to assume old reports hold true.

    Comment by JD Sussman — April 18, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

  7. This is a weird question, but what’s the average error on radar guns? Not trying to get out of a ticket or anything, but those digits seem low to me for Bard, not that I don’t believe them, but is there any work on what the error is on radar guns? (Measurement reliability is the question, not statistical error term)

    Comment by All Balls No Brains — April 18, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

  8. Thanks for clarifying that. It just struck me as mildly odd. Admittedly I only saw him throw once but I do recall him throwing the cutter a good bit. Most likely id guess your guess right or the org just banned him using the pitch for a bit, yet it’s impossible to say.

    Comment by Corris — April 18, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

  9. You almost literally repeated NS.

    Comment by tomdog — April 18, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

  10. Rumor has it (from Spring Training) that Workman is not supposed to use his cutter much this season. He was a little too reliant on it and needs to work on locating and sequencing his other pitches.

    Comment by Jason B — April 18, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

  11. Go to page 21 on this pdf

    We were directly behind the plate with more than two guns clocking him. Hope this helps, sir.

    Comment by JD Sussman — April 18, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

  12. Great stuff, Jason. As you’ll see shortly, I’ve recently begun interviewing players too so I can find out this information straight from the source.

    Comment by JD Sussman — April 18, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

  13. FWIW, I also sat with a guy in Fort Myers who had him working 93-95 in spring training. The 100-mph fastball has been missing for a while now.

    Comment by Colin Zarzycki — April 18, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

  14. If you have any thoughts on Montero they would be much appreciated by Mets fan. Eno said his Mets prospect maven doesn’t think much of his secondary pitches and this his fastball won’t play in the majors, relies too much on his command in minors. Just drafted him in a dynasty league, curious if you have any thoughts….

    Comment by Metsox — April 18, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

  15. Very common, even among Red Sox fans who watched him fall apart at the end of 2011.

    Comment by KyleL — April 18, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

  16. Great- thanks. I don’t question the readings, just wondered this and figured I’d ask. Sad to see a fastball die.

    Comment by All Balls No Brains — April 18, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

  17. I hope to catch Montero this year, so I don’t want to preempt that chance just yet. Here is a piece from last year Chris Blessing wrote at Bullpen Banter

    Comment by JD Sussman — April 18, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

  18. That’s strange to see Workman’s arm slot lower. Do you think he is doing this on purpose or do you think it could be some nagging injury? I liked his arm slot before and he had plenty of success with it. It isn’t like he moved his arm slot to gain better movement on his fastball, so that’s weird.

    Comment by Frank Q — April 18, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

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