Found August 14, 2013 on Phillies Nation:
This will get very statsy very quick, please hang in here with me. I’ll start with the end first: Jake Diekman has become a solid relief option for the Phillies in 2013 and should be one of the few arms they should pencil in on the 2014 roster, despite a reduced strikeout rate. Here’s the strikeout rate, click to enlarge:       Diekman’s bread and butter, and the calling card that got him to the Major Leagues, was his ability to strike batters out using his mid-90′s fastball out his his 6.5/8ths arm slot. He has sacrificed that this year in the name of control and the results have been favorable, click to enlarge:       Diekman has reduced the number of walks he issues per nine innings by nearly two. While he is still issuing a free pass more often than once every two innings pitched, Diekman has demonstrated more control at the Major League level in 2013 and has posted BB/9 IP numbers similar to what he had posted in the Minors. Diekman has reduced his walks and has seen his stri...
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