Johan Santana - #57
31 years old
11th Major League Season
6'0" 210 pounds
Bats L/Throws L
The Good: Short arm action and delivers from a three-quarter arm slot. Excellent movement on his fastball which is now 92-93 mph. Has one of the best change-ups in baseball, and has a solid slider (that he wasn't able to "finish" last year due to his elbow). Very athletic and his fun personality is contagious. In his first 10 starts last year, he had a 1.77 ERA, while striking out 86 hitters in 66 innings.
The Bad: Had elbow surgery in September to take out bone chips (2nd time he's had this "clean up" surgery). His K/9 rates have dropped every year from 2004 (10.46 to 7.88 last year), and his walk/9 was his highest since 2003 high last year (2.48). Has turned into a fly ball pitcher.
Role: Clearly the #1, the Ace of this team, and the only reliable starter on the staff. He has however gone from the best pitcher in the game a few years ago, to "just" a top 5 pitcher in the league. That's not a shot at Johan; he is the most exciting player on the Mets, and is a treat to watch every single time he is on the mound.
My Projected Stats: 220 innings, 18 wins, 3.40 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 200 Ks, 50 Walks.