Thursday, November 19, 2009

Greeneville Astros: Joan Belliard

Reliever Joan Belliard starts off the look at the pitchers of the Greeneville Astros...

Joan Belliard
How did he get here?: Signed contract prior to 2007 season
Stats: 6'2", 185 lbs, Throws: Right
Age as of April 1, 2010: 21


vs LHB163.38/1.4411:4.292
vs RHB27.23.90/1.1227:10.206
Bases Empty18.1x/1.4717:11.216
Runners On25.1x/1.0721:3.258

K/9 Rate: 7.8
BB/9 Rate: 2.9
Groundout/Flyout Rate: 1.79
K:BB Ratio: 2.71

Lots of encouraging things about Belliard to note. This is his third season in the Astros' organization, and his second season in a full-time reliever role (meaning he only pitched in nine games in the Dominican Summer League in 2007). His IPs went from 35.2IP in 08 to 43.2IP in 09, so a nice easy increase over last year. Last year his strikeouts were up (8.1 per 9), and his K:BB ratio was an impressive 4.57:1. That said, I can handle that kind of WHIP across his splits. Lefties hit him pretty well, but he gets RHBs to ground out much more often (2.29:1 as opposed to 1.25:1 for LHBs). And seeing his WHIP drop as he gets into more precarious situations is encouraging.