How does Oakland do it? I know the stadium is ideal and I know that Moneyball tactics help set the precedent, but how does Oakland churn out no-name pitcher after no-name pitcher that end up having success in the Majors?
Before the start of the season, the pitcher under-the-radar in Oakland that had all the buzz was Brad Peacock, but a 6.17 AAA ERA thus far is keeping him from the Majors. Enter A.J. Griffin, a 13th-round pick in 2010’s Draft, to the never-ending supply of successful Oakland pitchers.
Through 6 starts, Griffin has thrown nothing but quality starts with a 29:8 K:BB ratio in 36 innings. Pitching in the AL’s pitcher-friendliest park, Griffin’s brought a sub-1.00 WHIP from stints in both AA and AAA and continues to keep the bases clear in the Majors, with a 0.98 WHIP and a 2.51 ERA.
A guy I knew virtually nothing about, I decided to tune into his start last night against the Rays to see how his stuff looks pitch-by-pitch, and see just how strong a pitcher Griffin real...