Will Blue Jays re-sign Radhames Liz?


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In 2008, Radhames Liz made 17 starts and went 6-6 with a 6.72 ERA with the Baltimore Orioles, but have not been seen in the Major Leagues since 2009. In 2009, he appeared in 2 games as a reliever and allowed 10 runs in 1.1IP. Since then he has  spent time with the San Diego Padres Triple-A team, the Portland Beavers, and  three years with the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization.

Liz split time in 2014 with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Buffalo Bisons. Liz’ role for the Blue Jays was to be a organizational filler and that is exactly what he did. He started the season with the Fisher Cats and started 2 games before being moved to Buffalo for 2 games. Between June and July, Liz made 6 starts for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats before finishing his season with the Buffalo Bisons on July 28th.

All of Liz’ 12 appearances were as a starter and finished with a 3-2, 2.95ERA, but most of his success was as a Fisher Cats starter. In New Hampshire he went 2-2, 1.93ERA with a 2.93 FIP and 81.3 LOB% in 8 starts. Radhames struck out Double-A batters to a tune of 7.07 K/9 and walked batters to a 2.36 BB/9 and didn’t allowed any home runs.

Buffalo proved to be more of a challenge for Liz, as he went 1-0, 5.12ERA in 4 starts. In 19.0IP, Liz walked 6.16 batters per 9 innings, struck out 5.21 batters per 9 innings, and posted a disastrous 6.46 FIP.

Liz’ best month was in July, despite posting a better ERA in June. He went 3-1 with a 4.67ERA with 6BB and 23K in 27IP.

Radhames was much better against LHB than he was against RHB. In 102 at-bats, Liz held LHB to a .206/.308/.294 average versus .269/.348/.395 in 119 at-bats. His LOB% was great this season, which allowed him to post a very solid .202/.314/.270 opponents slash line with runners in scoring position.

Will there be a need for a failed 31 year old starter in 2015 with the development of a number of young arms in the lower minors? We don’t want him taking up a spot on the Fisher Cats rotation from guys like Matt Boyd, Taylor Cole, and Roberto Osuna.