Thursday, March 03, 2005

Capellan - Starter or reliever?

A new article at the Brewers official site discusses flame-throwing prospect Jose Capellan. Here's a little blurb:

PHOENIX -- Right now, Brewers manager Ned Yost is leaning toward breaking camp at the end of the month with fireballer Jose Capellan on the roster. But he is leaning toward using him as a reliever.

"He's a guy you would probably like to bring on your club as a reliever, and maybe in the middle of May start lengthening him out a little bit," Yost said. "Go into June and have him start [games] from that point on. Instead of starting him early and having him wear down, you'd like to build him into starting a little later and have him strong all the way up to the end of the year."

I don't really agree with using Capellan as a reliever, until all of his chances as a starter have been used up. He has loads of potential, a 100-MPH heater, and a surgically repaired elbow. Quite a combination for a 24 year old pitcher, but regardless he threw 147 mostly dominant innings last year in his march from A-ball to the big leagues. The best option is to send him down to AAA to refine his secondary pitches, including a breaking ball that has been described as both "devastating" and also has been said to be quite poor. Baseball Prospectus seems to think he will be a reliever, and says his four-seamer is his lone plus pitch. They draw comparisons between Capellan and Tigers flame-out flame-thrower Matt Anderson. Let's hope they're wrong. All-in-all, Yost's idea of using him as a reliever for a couple months sort of makes sense, but if you're going to use him in short periods, why not just use him as a starter in AAA and place a pitch count on him or allow him to throw only three innings?

Hi there, saw your comment on Against the Grain and figured I'd put you on my blog Good to see another Brewers blog out there. This will be my first season attempting to write about the Brewers and given I'm in MN, it's a bit hard to watch the games. I'll need all the help I can get, so thanks for starting one up! Check me out if you get a chance.
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