Friday, July 11, 2008

McCutchen Getting Close

"Danimal" McCutchen is starting to knock on the major league door with a little more authority after another solid performance Thursday night.

As of today, McCutchen has 10 starts at the AAA level and is posting an impressive 3.32 ERA. It will sound excusatory, but in nearly every one of his starts for Scranton, McCutchen's struggled and surrendered runs in one particular inning while dominating before and after.

During the five starts listed below, McCutchen has been able to avoid the one bad inning syndrome which blew up his ERA from what would have been an even more impressive number in the 2.00's. Excluding one poor start on June 20th, here are the last five outings for Cutch at AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre:
July 10th.. 6 innings, 7 hits, 2 ER, 6 strikeouts, 1 walks
July 5th.... 9 innings, 5 hits, 0 ER, 10 strikeouts, 0 walk
June 30th. 6 innings, 6 hits, 1 ER, 5 strikeouts, 1 walk
June 25th. 6.2 innings, 7 hits, 3 ER, 3 strikeouts, 3 walks
June 14th. 9 innings, 6 hits, 0 ER, 4 strikeouts, 0 walks
Over these five starts, Cutch piled up 28 strikeouts over 36.2 innings and walked only five. The 28 to 5 strikeout-to-walk ratio speaks to his excellent control, but more importantly, it highlights that McCutchen's command is improving as well. Over those five starts, Danimal's WHIP is just under the 1.00 mark, which also supports the idea of a spike in command.

While he hasn't been Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain dominant, the Danimal has been consistently very, very good in the minors. Just go back and take a look at his numbers the past two years at Tampa, Trenton and now Scranton and remember he holds a 2.63 career minor league ERA over 284 innings-pitched. On a year split between AA and AAA, Cutch has a 2.97 ERA with 102 strikeouts to just 28 walks and 112 hits over 118 innings.

Look out Rasner/Ponson.


Anonymous said...

You think they will give him a shot? They are always talking about moving him to the bullpen, but he's obviously got starting rotation ability.

Bronx Liaison said...

If he continues to pitch as well as he has the past six starts and one of Ponson/Rasner struggles, the Yankees would be remiss not to give Cutch a shot. The fact that he is 25 years-old is something to keep in mind as well.