Forecasting 2015 Fisher Cats Bullpen
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Gregory Infante RHP
Infante coverted 22 of 23 save opportunities in 2014 for the Fisher Cats. The 27 year-old throws a fastball, changeup, slider, curve and the odd cutter. His fastball is in the mid-90’s, his change in the high-80’s and his curve comes in low-80’s. He misses bats and produces a decent amount of ground balls (1.42 GO/AO career). Gregory will start the year back with the Fisher Cats.
Dustin Antolin RHP
Despite not being a name that many Blue Jay followers are familiar with, Antolin’s numbers speak for themselves. In 2014, Dustin pitched in 37 games pitching 42.2IP and striking out 10.97 batters per 9 innings. He managed to collect 18.4% striking swinging and my favourite…..zero home runs allowed. Dustin produced a 1.29 GO/AO, 1.34 WHIP, with a very respectable 2.17 FIP while pitching primarily between the 7th and 9th inning. Look for him to do the same in 2015.
John Anderson LHP
Anderson spent much of July as a starter, but the rest of the time he served as a mop up guy. He held opponents to a .215 BA and struck out 10.3 batters every 9IP as a RP. John doesn’t show any noticeable splits between RHB/LHB, so expect him to continue as a situational guy.
Blake McFarland RHP
McFarland didn’t show his typical good control last year (4.08 BB/9), but still managed to strikeout batters a decent clip (9.42/9IP). His FB was thrown in the low-90’s/high-80’s, but with little movement. He also throws a slider and change, both in the low-80’s. He induced 36.6 GB% with an impressive 8.3LD% while putting up solid numbers: 1.13 WHIP, 2.04 ERA, and 2.83 FIP). If Infante gets moved, expect McFarland to assume the closer role.