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freeling_prideful wrote:Laffey's actually a pretty bad comp. He's an extreme GB pitcher who thrives the same way that Fausto Carmona, Derek Lowe, etc. do--they get double plays and they avoid home runs.
Slowey, on the other hand, is an extreme FB pitcher who gets 34% of outs on the ground (and even worse, 29% last year).When you combine this with a pretty hittable fastball, one that has roughly average velocity 88-92 mph, he's going to give up a lot of home runs. In fact, he gives up 1 about every 5 IP this year, and last year was 16/67, or closer to 1 in every 4 IP.
What makes Slowey useable is his extremely good control, which translates into an awesome walk rate and a good K:BB ratio since he also strikes out a decent number of guys.
My comparable would be a guy like Andy Sonnanstine on the Rays, who has similar stuff and similarly good command. Both are guys who can have solid QS but will also get absolutely rocked every 4 games or so.
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