Comment by Mike Podhorzer — March 23, 2011 @ 6:51 pm
Seems unfair to call Peralta the ‘last man standing’, given that McGee is a top prospect who destroyed minor league hitters and seems like a good candidate to be a Neftali-lite this year (top prospect, elite K rate in the minors, electric heater) and has gotten the vote of confidence from Maddon several times throughout the course of the spring..
Peralta’s 35, has exactly one year of actually good pitching under his belt based partly in an unsustainable .200 BABIP given that 26% gb rate and 55% fb rate). Yes, he had a good year last year, and maybe he turns into Matt Thornton and becomes an awesome closer at an advanced age… but how likely is it that he’s going to get a lot of opportunities over a player with as much promise as McGee?
I don’t disagree that McGee has excellent skills and promise, but he’s a lefty, which is always a negative for the closer role, and has just 5.0 Major League innings. As good as he could be, a potentially contending team is likely going to be hesitant to hand over the closing gig to such an inexperienced pitcher.
Comment by Mike Podhorzer — March 27, 2011 @ 9:32 am