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9/27/1979 (37 y, 4 m, 26 d)
1997 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 10, Overall: 10, Team: Chicago Cubs
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Garland, currently a free agent, is unlikely to pitch in 2014, FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports. (2/6/2014)
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Finding Jon Garland
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Year in Review:
Coming off a 14-win year and seven straight seasons of double-digit wins, Garland was probably expecting a big free agent payday. But instead he ended up signing a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks. His first three months in Arizona did not go as planned. Garland did not experience a boost in strikeouts by going to the National League and he was getting killed in his home park. Eight of the 10 homers he allowed in the first three months came at Chase Field. Overall, he had a 5.04 ERA after his first 15 games. But in his final 18 starts, Garland turned it around, with a 3.22 ERA in his last 114.2 innings. After being acquired by the Dodgers for the stretch run, Garland ditched his slider (he threw 14 sliders in his last start for the Diamondbacks) and focused on his curve. And while he had two below-average breaking pitches in Arizona, Garland’s curve became a potent pitch in Los Angeles, with a 2.78 wCB/C.
The Year Ahead:
Garland’s stint in Arizona masked what was a successful season for him in 2009. In Chase Field last year, he had a 5.29 ERA with 31 walks and 39 strikeouts in 83.1 innings. In all other parks, he recorded a combined 3.13 ERA with a 2.24 BB/9, a 5.22 K/9 and a 0.9 HR/9.. Overall last year, Garland had very neutral numbers in both his BABIP (.302) and LOB% (71.6). His FIP was lower than his ERA while he was with Arizona and higher than his ERA in Los Angeles. For the season, Garland’s FIP was 4.48, slightly above the National League ERA of 4.20 in 2009. Never a big strikeout pitcher, Garland did enjoy a 6.2 K/9 after the All-Star break. A move to San Diego in 2010 will almost certainly cause an improvement in his numbers. (Brian Joura)
Garland posted the lowest ERA of his career in 2010, but that was more the product of his taking home starts in the best pitcher's venue on earth and getting support from quality defenders than anything he did on his own. Sure, Garland was a somewhat different pitcher. He struck out a career-high 6.12 batters per nine frames and got ground balls more frequently than ever before (about 52%), while also walking hitters at his highest clip (3.92 BB/9) since he was 22 years old. The end result, though, was familiar adequacy -- a 4.41 FIP that was nearly a run higher than his 3.47 ERA. Supported by a Padres defense that ranked third in baseball in UZR, Garland had a .267 BABIP (.288 career average). He benefited from a 75.9% stand rate as well, which is five%age points above his overall MLB mark. Signed by the Dodgers over the winter, Garland will now pitch in front of less adept defenders. When his BABIP and strand rates rise, so will his ERA. (David Golebiewski)
The Quick Opinion:
Properly evaluating a season like Garland just had is what separates league champions from chumps. He's still a low- to mid-fours ERA pitcher, shiny 2010 total aside.
After posting a shiny ERA in 2010, Garland returned to his normal self in nine starts with the Dodgers. The right-hander has never struck out enough batters to be a truly useful fantasy option, instead relying on durability and decent win totals. That all fell apart last season, as he was shut down with a shoulder injury in June and had surgery in July. The Dodgers declined their option on Garland in November, making him a free agent. Even if he fully recovers and gets another opportunity to start, he's still a long shot to be a valuable fantasy pitcher. (Chris Cwik)
The Quick Opinion:
The Dodgers declined Garland's contract after an injury-riddled season. Even if he gets another opportunity with a team, he's probably not going to be worth a roster spot in fantasy leagues.
In a way, Garland's career was a disappointment. He was basically done as a major leaguer at age 31, and he only posted a sub-4.00 ERA three times in a 13-year career. In another very real sense though, his career was pretty great. He had those 13 years, for instance. And among the 8,811 players to throw a pitch in a professional game, only 425 of them were able to amass 2,000 innings pitched. If you're scoring at home, that puts Garland in the top five percent of big leaguers all-time. That's pretty cool, and he also won a World Series ring to boot. A World Series in which he started a game and tossed seven innings of two-run ball. That's a career that most pitchers would kill to have. So even if this is the last we see of him, don't feel bad for Garland. He had a hell of a ride.
The Quick Opinion:
Released by the Rockies in June and unsigned by any major league team since, there is a good chance that Jon Garland's major league career has come to an end.
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