Posted by kevintam90 on 2/20/2014 11:24:00 AM (view original):
A lot of them have decent potential ratings that you guys can't see. So I guess the question is what are some baseline stat numbers I should look for
Back to the ratings:
1) Potential ratings have nothing at all to do with how a player performs in the here and now.
2) For the most part, your bullpen is done developing, no matter what the potential ratings are. Look at your 3 26-year old relievers, and what their actual development pattern has been-- do you think they'll all of a sudden jump up and reach those ratings? Griffith and Rogers are going to develop a little more, but that's about it.
3) You have to remember that 70 is a just OK big-league rating for a pitcher; 75 is just a touch above average. So for every important rating-- control, splits, P1 (most would say P2) that is below 75, you have to have some other rating much higher than that to justify the low rating. You can use pitchers with an important rating in the 50s but other important ratings have to balance it out.
4) Given that, when I look at your bullpen I see Griffith who is solid but not special, Montgomery and Montero who are awful, and a bunch of other guys that are just marginal. Having one or two of those guys at pre-arb salaries in a bullpen is OK, but you can't have 4 of them and expect to be happy, especially not with the M&M boys being even worse. Invest a little in better key ratings and you'll be happier.