(June 14, 2012 – Source: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America
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Coming into the 2012 season, Yovani Gallardo was a big sleeper for me. His improvements in walk rate in 2011 were excellent as he cut his BB% from 9.3 in 2010 to 6.8% in 2011. That 6.8% was the lowest mark of his career by a huge margin.
Unfortunately he gave all of his gains back as his walk rate jumped back up to 9.4% in 2012.
The most concerning of all however, has to be Gallardo’s issues vs. lefties. In 2012 lefties hit .253/.341/.418 with a .333 wOBA, compared to righties .223/.286/.368 with a .286 wOBA. Much of his issues against lefties are magnified by the lack of control vs. them, as his walk percentage was 11.4%.
This could be a case of one thing declining and leading to another; let me explain. First of all, Gallardo has never had a reliable changeup, as he has relied on his excellent curveball-slider combination as his off-speed pitches for years. Secondly, Gal...