Forecasting the Buffalo Bisons Starting Rotation
Feb 26, 2015; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcherAndrew Albers
catches a batted ball during spring training workouts at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Albers– Wildcard
The North Battleford native spent 2014 pitcher in the KBO (Korean Baseball Organization). Signed for $700K with a $100K bonus, the former Minnesota Twins prospect will attempt to pitch his way back to the Major Leagues for the first time since making 10 starts in 2013. To get back to the show, Albers will need to find a way to get more swings and misses, as he owns a 3.8 K/9 rate at the Major League level. However, his stuff has played better in the minors, with a career 7.9 K/9 at Triple-A.
2015 Prognosis: Expect him to start in Buffalo, but he may need to accept that his road back to the majors is as a bullpen arm.
Michael Lee– Stretch
The 6’7″ native of Las Vegas was acquired near the end of 2014 and finished the season with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, where he produced a solid 2.25 ERA over 32 innings of work, while pitching in. Overall between Mobile and New Hampshire, he showed good control, low BB and K, and was tough against LHB.
2015 Prognosis: Will play the role of a yo-yo between the rotation and the bullpen and Triple-A and Double-A.