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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Scouting Gio Gonzalez

Quick and dirty scouting report

  • Darkhouse pre-season Cy Young candidate
  • 25 years old, threw 200 innings last year, 3.23 ERA and 1.31 WHIP
  • 2.69 ERA this year with 8.5 K/9 innings, but he's walking too many hitters (4.3 BB/9)
  • 93 mph fastball (65%), 80 mph curve (30%), occasional change up (84 mph)
    • Curve is his by far his best pitch, and is his go-to pitch with 2 strikes
  • Lefties are hitting only .213 against him, and 12+ K/9, so expect a lot of righties in the line-up
He's given up 2 or less runs in 10 of his 14 starts (although he did get lucky and get an ugly start rained out so his stats could be a lot worse.

Overall, he's one of the top young pitchers in baseball, and going to be tough to beat.

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