Three journeyman pitchers have started the 2014 season in impressive fashion. Aaron Harang, Jesse Chavez, and Alfredo Simon all have quality and experience. The 30-year old Chavez has never been able to solidify his spot in a starting rotation, but so far he has made three starts for the Athletics and has a 1.35 ERA. He has struck out 22 batters in 20 innings. The A’s are certainly happy they brought him in and hope he can turn his quality innings into wins, as he has recorded three no-decisions. Alfredo Simon is a hard-throwing right-hander with a nifty slider. He has a 1-1 record with a 1.20 ERA. The Reds have bumped him to the starting rotation, even though he is better suited to being a reliever. He is of great value to the Reds organization due to his versatility.
Harang has outperformed the other two pitchers mentioned. He has won 112 MLB games and so far has been impressive with a 0.96 ERA. The Braves took a chance on him after it was clear he wasn’t in the Indians’ plans. Critics claimed his career was deteriorating but so far this season he has been good for the Braves. He has the best chance of being a success out of the three pitchers for the season.
With the Arizona Diamondback continuing to struggle in the early part of the season, the agent of their top pitching prospect, Archie Bradley, suggested that his client should be called up to help the Diamondback cause. The Diamondbacks starting rotation has an ERA of 7.63 which stands at 30th in the league. Their starters are clearly the worst in baseball so far this season. Bradley has made three starts in AAA and is 1-2 with an ERA of 3.31. Despite his quality stuff, presence, poise, and athleticism he still needs to refine his command and control before making the jump to the big leagues. The organization does not want to rush Archie Bradley or put too much pressure on his young shoulders knowing that his inclusion will not change results overnight. The Diamondbacks have issues all over the field, and will wait until June before considering calling up Archie Bradley. This will protect him from becoming arbitration eligible. His agent should avoid trying to create a rift between the player and the club, and should encourage his client to continue to improve.