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  1. I love the blurb about Derek Holland above, I just don’t understand why the Ranger would not only bring in Colby Lewis, but assure him of a rotation spot.

    Comment by Goose — February 15, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

  2. 2 out of 3 aint bad. I still really like Parra a lot, and have faith in Derek Holland. I loved Parra’s scouting reports and numbers coming up through the minors, and his GB and K-rate have me expecting him to eventually put it all together. Holland has a nice bag of goodies to work with, and as you said, was much better than his surface stats would indicate. I would imagine fears of Holland’s home ballpark and his overall unsavory surface stats last year will make him an attainable end game flyer. Like the piece a lot Dave, keep up the good work.

    Comment by B-Chad — February 15, 2010 @ 5:49 pm

  3. The Rangers did not guarantee Lewis would stay in the rotation for 30 starts. He’s going to have to perform, obviously. He starts the season in the rotation, but it’s going to be up to him to stay there. He has a lot more experience pitching than most of their young, volatile staff and I think he’s a good bet to be at least as good as Millwood is this year.

    Comment by t ball — February 15, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

  4. Don’t forget about Holland’s outstanding velocity (for a left-hander).

    Comment by hamandcheese — February 15, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

  5. It will take a lot for me to get back on the Parra bandwagon. I drafted him last year, finally dropped him and even traded to get him back later in the year hoping he would turn the corner. He will be a good pitcher im just not sure when at this point. But ill be watching.

    Comment by Pochucker — February 15, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

  6. Yeah, I like all of these guys, for different reasons. But I have liked Parra for a while and he has never really rewarded the faith in the k and groundball stuff. Blackburn is almost the anti-Parra. Fairly successful despite the peripheral talents most saber guys go for.

    Comment by wobatus — February 15, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

  7. As far as Blackburn goes, there is not another pitcher on that Twins staff, that I would rather see on the mound in a game 7 (or game 163 for that matter). The overall numbers may not bear it out, but the man comes to play when it counts the most.

    Comment by knucka11 — February 15, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

  8. I dont think Lewis is related to Holland… its not like theyre flooded with good options for the back of the rotation. They might be flooded with *below average* options. Holland is probably the second best pitcher there (yes, better than Feldman).

    Basically there is room for both of them. Tommy Hunter and Brandon McCarthy arent forcing anyone out of the rotation.

    Comment by alskor — February 15, 2010 @ 11:44 pm

  9. Re: Parra
    “He doesn’t throw hittable crap down the middle.”

    Except that he does. Just about 2 months ago on Rotographs, Dave Golebiewski wrote a lengthy Parra article, and he found that part of the reason for Parra’s struggles was maybe he did throw too many meatballs.

    Article here:

    Quote here: “Manny does seem to leave his heater down the middle more often than most. Parra is a good example of simple velocity not being everything for a pitcher: he sits at 92 MPH with his fastball, but gets few whiffs and tends to catch too much of the plate.”

    And as a Brewer fan, I can attest to the fact that in a misguided to attempt to throw strikes at the wrong times, Parra throws just as many lolling fastballs right down the heart of the plate as he throws sharp breaking pitches that aren’t close enough to swing at. If and when Parra learns to locate his fastball in the zone and his breaking stuff close to the zone, he’ll take off.

    Comment by And That — February 16, 2010 @ 12:06 am

  10. Dave did a good job on Holland (4.08 ERA, 0.8 WAR in 57 innings not quite an ace but good). He missed pretty badly with the other two, Blackburn’s 2010 ERA was 5.42 and Parra’s was 5.02.

    Comment by Wally — October 10, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

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