Forecasting New Hampshire Fisher Cats Starting Rotation

2 of 4

Mandatory Credit:

RHP Starters

Casey Lawrence RHP

At 27 years-old, Lawrence will start season with the Fisher Cats for the second year. Casey had a good year (1.26 WHIP and 3.51 FIP), on a poor team. Not a guy that’ll accumulate huge strike out numbers (14.9 K%). Casey demonstrated excellent control (4.6 BB%), while pitching 150 innings for the third time in four years. With another good showing in 2015, Lawrence may yet move up to the Buffalo.

Ben White RHP

A non-drafted FA signed in 2011, White has steadily moved throw the system.  despite never posting a FIP below 4.22 or a K/9 higher than 6.42. White is a fly-ball pitcher (career 0.84 GO/AO) and an inning eater (377.2 IP in 4 years). In two starts with the Fisher Cats Ben White had one good start and didn’t make it past the 5th inning in his second start, which just so happened to be his final start of the year; unfortunately, he served up a home run in both starts. White gives up more than a H/9 and too many home runs. White will spend the year in NH.

Taylor Cole RHP

The Florida State League strike out leader will be a welcome addition to a potentially deep Double-A staff. His advanced age would normally turn many fans away from jumping on Cole’s bandwagon. He decided to complete his mission before perusing baseball which set his development back two years. Last year, Cole finally got back into baseball shape and the results showed. The only stat during his short minor league career that’s concerning is his high BABIP. Even when he was dominating in Dunedin he still had a .343 BABIP. Despite that Cole could be this years Kendall Graveman.