How did he get here?: Undrafted free agent, signed June 2009
Stats: 6'0", 185 lbs, Throws: Right
Age as of April 1, 2011: 24
Men of the Match: 0
Rorabaugh was signed shortly after the 2009 draft out of the Univeristy of North Florida and spent 2009 in the GCL, allowing a lot of hits (12.7 per 9IP), but he limited the long ball (0.3 per 9IP) and got a decent number of strikeouts. Those numbers retreated as he spent 2010 in the App League. His WHIP dropped, and his H/9 came down by a full hit, but that's still 11.7 per 9IP. And he gave up 1.8 HR/9 in 2010, as well.
What went right?
Home games. At Pioneer Park, Rorabaugh allowed 20H/8ER in 18.2IP (1.23 WHIP), limiting batters to a .263 BAA.
June and July. In 19.1IP in his first 13 appearances of the season, Rorabaugh held hitters to 22H/7ER.
What went wrong?
Homers. After giving up just one home run in 2009, Rorabaugh allowed six long balls in 29.1IP in 2010. Five of them were to RHBs, four of them on the road, four of them with the bases empty.
Strikeouts. Rorabaugh struck out just 12 batters in 29.1IP (but the last seven of those in 10IP in August).
And while we're at it, August was pretty bad. In 10IP, he allowed 16H/9ER, 7K:4BB, 3HR. All three of those homers came on August 30 at Pulaski, when he got tagged for 3H/4ER in 1IP. He also allowed 3H/3ER in 3IP vs Elizabethton on August 9. So there's some skewing here when we look at the monthly splits.
Appy Astros says: If Rorabaugh is with the organization next season, he will likely be in Tri Cities for some additional depth.