Great article.. I, like you, think that Jansen is being overlooked, especially considering his lack of experience on the mound. He’s listed as 6’6 so it might take him longer to develop the ability to repeat his pitching motion consistently, but if he does, look out.
Comment by Ryan Bones — February 25, 2011 @ 11:24 am
There is a lot more to the Walden story than… “was a 12th round draft-and-follow signing out of Texas”.
The 13.67 K/9 from Jansen is even more impressive than Walden’s 13.5 when you realize the difference in 100 points in BABiP, meaning Jansen faces less hitters per 9 innings since he’s getting more outs when the balls in play. This is why we should see K% more than K/9.
You need to look at the math again. Giving up more or less hits won’t have any effect on k/9. That’s k per 9 IP. An IP is 3 outs, regardless of how many (unlucky or otherwise) hits someone gives up to get those 3 outs. If I face 10 batters and strike-out 3 to get out of the inning and you strike out the side, we both have a 27 k/9.