If your name isn’t Chris Perez, Vinnie Pestano, or Joe Smith, being a member of the Bullpen Mafia has been a less-than-stellar occupation in 2012. Players such as Jairo Asencio (5.96 ERA/4.51 FIP/ 4.01 xFIP), Rafael Perez (3.52/5.28/5.29), Scott Barnes (7.71/5.92/5.31), Nick Hagadone (6.08/4.67/4.26), Tony Sipp (6.66/5.28/3.81), and Dan Wheeler (8.76/7.61/7.04) have sent the Indians searching for more bullpen depth.
Luckily for Cleveland, they have plenty of bullpen depth in the minors, and Akron Aeros reliever Bryce Stowell is one of the best. Not that he’s spending much time thinking about it right now.
“It sounds so cliché, but you play this game because of the dream of one day playing in the big leagues, so obviously that’s your end goal. That’s the main thing; that’s the pie at the end of the tunnel. In order to get there, you can’t focus on it. You have to focus on today, the here and the now, going out today and doing the best I can to help the team win, whatever that might be. Then once today’s done, go to tomorrow.”
Living in the here and now has worked out especially well for Stowell in 2012. In his 15 appearances so far, he’s gone 18.1 innings, struck out 31 batters, only walked 4, and maintained a 2.95 ERA and 1.89 FIP. The only knock on Stowell’s season was his DL trip back in May. He missed 22 games due to a right forearm strain, but he’s feeling much better now. Read More…
From Indians Prospect Insider, July 1, 2012