Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Player of the Day: Koji Uehara

Signs with the Orioles, now with him and Guthrie the O's should have two pitchers who can keep them in games. His Japanese numbers show excellent control. A Japanese Brad Radke maybe. The 2009 CHONE projection shows a pretty good middle of rotation pitcher. I wouldn't pay much attention to the low 87 innings projected, as that's a result of him being shuffled between starting and relieving the last few years.

I kind of liked him better as a reliever - check out the Eckerslyan 66-4 strikeout to walk ratio in 2007. But the Orioles definitely need him more as a starter in their drive to not totally suck in 2009.

I've also updated the pages for Jason Marquis as a Rockie, Luis Vizcaino as a Cub, and Carl Pavano as an Indian. Unlike Uehara, Pavano's projected 43 innings is no accident, he's that injury prone. He'll be lucky to avoid elbow surgery from signing his official contract. Marquis projects to hit 215/253/342 with 2 homers. Oh, you wanted his pitching projection?

8 Comments:

At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Jeff said...

I am going to make a prediction of my own. Uehara will not "keep (the O's) in games". He was sent to the Japanese minors last season and is 34. I think this is typical Orioles for you. Rather than go after a stud, they go get a pitcher at the end of his career, looking for a payday, just so they can point and say, "look, we're international." Signing Uehara will have the same impact for the 2008 Orioles as their trip to Cuba a few years ago.

 
At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Jeff said...

Sorry, I meant 2009 Orioles obviously.

 
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