Lehr was brought up in an Arthur Rhodes thread, but as he's apparently about to enter the A's bullpen mix, maybe he deserves his own Cafe thread. So here it is.
Right hander, drafted eighth round 1999. Played as a catcher at UCSB, then transferred to USC where he was the #2 starter behind Zito. As a pro, moved to the bullpen full time in 2002 at AA, pitching as a setup man primarily. Made it to AAA last season and went 3-2, 3.72 with four saves in 53 appearances. Alomg the way, his fastball, generally in the low 90's, has improved to regularly being 94-95.
Got his first real taste of closing this winter in Puerto Rico and did well. He's continued that progress with Sacto this season and has posted some very sharp numbers.
Although he's been projected as a setup man at the big league level, this mught be changing. He throws strikes and has the calm demeanor required for late inning work.
Numbers since becoming a closer are as follows:
Ponce: 19 G, 23.1 IP, 17 H, 7 BB, 17 K/ 1-1, 1.54, 9 SV
Sacto: 27 G, 32 IP, 28 H, 10BB, 38 K/ 4-1, 1.97, 12 SV
I have no idea what his role with the A's will be, but he sure looks like a guy worth a spec shot if you've got roster space.
thehat wrote:He throws strikes and has the calm demeanor required for late inning work.
Calm demeanor is the last thing you see from the elite closers, isn't it? He's got to get that adrenaline pumping for those 10 pitches which will hopefully finish out the game
I'm not sure I'll add him right when Yahoo does, partially because I'm not going to waste my waiver priority, and partially because he probably won't be closing. But ya never know...if he gets the job I'll add him for sure.
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