Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Updated Unofficial 2006 Roster

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Update :
Wanted to speak more about the Jay Witasick signing, but did not have the time earlier.

Jay Witasick, along with teammate Joe Kennedy, came to the A’s via the Eric Byrnes trade that sent Byrnes and minor league prospect Omar Quintanilla to Colorado. After arriving in Oakland, he put up the following numbers :
IP (Innings Pitched) – 28.2
Hits – 26
HR – 2
BB – 17
K (Strikeouts)– 33
Hld – 6
ERA – 3.25
WHIP (Walks + Hits per Inning Pitched) – 1.55
GO/AO (Ground out to Fly out ratio)– 1.38
OBP (On Base Percentage against) – 0.357
AVG (Batting Average against) – 0.239
K/9 (Strikeouts per 9 innings pitched) – 10.74
K/BB (Strikeout to Walk ratio) – 1.94

While that is one ugly WHIP up there to go along with an OBP against of 0.357, showing that Witasick allowed way too many batters to reach base, his peripheral numbers look pretty good. He averaged more than one strikeout per inning, as well as a decent K/BB of 1.94, has a pretty good GO/AO of 1.38, and limited batters to a 0.239 batting average.

Supposedly his contract is for $1 million in 2006 and $1.5 million in 2007. Those are pretty low prices for a pitcher who has averaged a 3.53 ERA and 8.99 K/9 over the past 3 seasons. While his career WHIP and OBP numbers are cause for real concern, I believe Oakland would be hard pressed to find better value for $ 2.5 million.


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