I watched him pitch because I've been interested in him as a possible FA pickup. I was concerned with what I saw. He has a real sweeping motion and when he misses it's bad. I think control will be a major issue for him.
TexasStampede wrote:Just wanted to see what some other people thought about him heading into this year? He's a former 1st rd pick that threw about 180 ings combined between the majors and minors last year. He did have an 8 ing 11 k effort against the Rays! He's had a very solid spring with an ERA under 2. I believe he's slated to be the #3 although maybe #2 starter for TOR. Perhaps instead of rolling the dice on unknowns like Cahill and Zimmerman, Purcey should get more pub?
Okay, I'll be playing the role of Yoda here without the snarkiness.
Here are some reasons why people think he's going to break out and why I think he's not
Why: He was a former #1 pick Why not: He used to throw in the low-mid 90s, but he doesn't have any command with that velocity so he's mostly 88-92 now. Stuff is still above average for a lefty, but not that impressive.
Why: He did have an 8 in 11k effort against the Rays last year Why Not: That's just one team and I'm pretty sure he had at least 2 dominating games against the Rays.
Why: Solid spring, ERA under 2 Why Not: Don't remember specifically what it was, but the K/BB was pretty bad. Something like 6k/9 and 4bb/9. Plus spring stats don't really count
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Blue Jays starter David Purcey was not drafted in most mixed leagues this year. He was on my radar on draft day but completely slipped my mind. Fortunately, I was able to grab him in a bunch of leagues yesterday after his 7 IP, 2 ER performance against the Tigers. What's Purcey's outlook for '09?
Projections for Purcey suggest nothing special...ERA under 5.00 with a decent K rate, that's it. But let's take a closer look.
Purcey, a southpaw, will turn 27 in April. His Triple A numbers last year: 117 innings, 2.69 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 9.3 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, 0.6 HR/9. His Major League numbers in '08: 5.54 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 8.0 K/9, 4.0 BB/9, 1.2 HR/9. Who's to say he can't find the good control he showed at Triple A? Purcey seems like a guy who can, at the least, give you some cheap Ks. Baseball Prospectus likens Purcey to Bruce Hurst circa 1985, which is a good thing.
Back in February David Golebiewski profiled Purcey for FanGraphs and liked what he saw as well.