To recap, it was an up and down season for Hamels. Started off great in the minors and came with as much hype as any young pitcher we've ever seen. He had his share of struggles but bounced back and pitched very well post ASB, improving his BB rate dramatically (almost by half) although the HR rate went up by quite a bit. What is most encouraging is that he kept his K rate up while lowering his BB rate.
9.86 K/9, 3.02 BB/9 is very respectable especially when you consider he is only 22 and has very limited experience over A ball.
He finishes the season ranked #54 among all starting pitchers according to ESPN PR in his rookie campaign (just behind Clemens and Pedro). Overall, a solid season and as long as he can stay healthy, I expect him to be an excellent pitcher next season.
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