In acquiring Kevin Slowey today from the Colorado Rockies, the Cleveland Indians invested in a decent buy-low, bounce-back candidate to replace Fausto Carmona in their rotation.
Slowey certainly did not impress anyone with his unsightly 6.67 ERA last year, but in actuality he did not pitch that poorly. Factoring in his 4.47 FIP, 4.36 xFIP and 4.30 SIERA, it looks as if he was a victim of some bad luck last year.
Taking into account his entire career, Slowey looks much better. Here are his stats averaged out to a 200-inning season:
15-11 W-L, 4.66 ERA (90 ERA+), 4.24 FIP, 4.19 xFIP, 4.09 SIERA, 6.67 SO/9, 1.42 BB/9, 4.70 SO:BB, 31.6 GB%, 2.7 fWAR
He’s certainly not on the same level as Justin Masterson or Ubaldo Jimenez, but Slowey looks pretty similar to another fly-ball starting pitcher: Josh Tomlin. Check out his career stats averaged out to a 200-inning season:
15-9 W-L, 4.34 ERA (91 ERA+), 4.37 FIP, 4.26 xFIP, 4.39 SIERA, 4.98 SO/9, 1.51 BB/9, 3.30 SO:BB, 35.3 GB%, 2.0 fWAR
Overall, the Tribe’s rotation doesn’t change that much going from Carmona (who owns a 2.3 average fWAR, for what it’s worth) to Slowey. Essentially, in some ways, they acquired another Tomlin. While I’m not huge on Tomlin (I think he’s a fourth starter at best), this rotation remains solid. Read More…
From Bleacher Report, January 20, 2012