2012 Blue Jays: Steve Delabar, Aaron Loup, Brad Lincoln, Brett Cecil

22 02 2013

Steve Delabar and Aaron Loup are interesting because their stats are so unusual. Delabar struck out 46 batters in 29 1/3 innings in a Jays uniform, which means that he got more than half of his outs via strikeout. That’s almost unheard of. Loup pitched 30 2/3 innings and only walked two batters, which is also almost unheard of. He didn’t give up a home run, either. It’s not clear how much they will be counted on in 2013, but I’m curious about what will happen to both of them.

Brad Lincoln had an odd part-season in a Jays uniform. He didn’t walk too many hitters, and he struck out almost a man an inning. But he was a bit vulnerable to the home run, surrendering six in 28 2/3 innings, so his ERA went through the roof. When he was with Pittsburgh, the Pirates experimented with him as a starter, which probably dooms him to spend at least the first part of 2013 in Buffalo, as the Jays will likely stretch him out to be a starter in case of emergency.

Brett Cecil‘s problem can be summed up in one number: 11. That’s the number of home runs he gave up in 61 1/3 innings of work. He’s out of options, which means he can’t be sent to the minors without clearing waivers first. This means that he’ll get every chance to succeed. But he’s the third-best left-handed relief pitcher on the roster at present, if you don’t count J.A. Happ (and the fourth-best if you do). There might not be room for him.

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