Originally written on Indians Baseball Insider  |  Last updated 10/25/14
Zach McAllister has been one of the most important dominoes in a string that have tumbled to make the Indians a legitimate contender (by contender I mean 82-87 win team). I must confess, until the last few months I never thought Zach was anything more than an innings eating fourth starter. Coming into this season I would have been happy to get that sort of production out of McAllister with the state of the rotation as it shipped north from Goodyear. However, just a quick look at McAllister’s 2012 production and a few other minor league statistics it becomes clear that an innings eating fourth starter is probably just his floor. In 2012, his first full season in the big show McAllister averaged three earned runs over five and two/thirds per start. One cannot come much closer to averaging a quality start (three earned over six innings) than McAllister without hitting it right on the nose. Yes, quality starts are a flawed measurement of pitching but it does offer us a feel for a pitche...
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