Monday, March 24, 2014

Josh Zeid reassigned to minor-league camp

Now this I was not expecting:

Of course the question is Josh Zeid, who I fully expected to make the Opening Day roster based on the relative strength of his 2013 season. Zeid suffers from the Small Sample Size Syndrome because he only appeared in 25 games. He did allow 7ER in a three-game stretch in August, but from August 16 to the end of the season (arbitrary endpoints, I know) he posted a 2.11 ERA/1.31 WHIP on a perfectly normal .305 BABIP. Only 9% of his inherited runners scored.

So the pitching staff looks like this (as of lunchtime on Monday):

Scott Feldman
Jarred Cosart
Brett Oberholtzer
Lucas Harrell/Dallas Keuchel
Brad Peacock

Matt Albers
Anthony Bass
Kevin Chapman
Jesse Crain*
Josh Fields
Chad Qualls
UPDATE: Raul Valdes
Jerome Williams

*will open the season on the DL

Now it's entirely possible that Harrell or Keuchel will open the season out of the bullpen to ride out Crain's recovery from biceps surgery. But still, surprising day.


The Batguy said...

There's your opening day staff. 13 pitchers (including Crain on dl). So, 12 pitchers means 13 position players. I can't tackle that right now, but who's left on the position side?

The Batguy said...

Wait, what about Valdes?

(Not Hank) Aaron said...

Yeah, Valdes has all but made the team as the second lefty.

The Batguy said...

So, there's your OD roster. This pitching list plus Valdes, plus the position players listed in the next post, minus Perez.

Thin OF with Krauss likely spending time at 1B, unless you include Guzman and Carter as OF options. Has Springer been called up yet?

Reuben said...

I can't imagine they really feel the need to carry 13 pitchers to start the season... maybe there's an OF they're close to getting, via trade or waivers? If I recall they got Maxwell around the same time, in 2012.