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First Pitch: Are Jeanmar Gomez and Jeff Locke a Product of a Successful System?

First Pitch: Are Jeanmar Gomez and Jeff Locke a Product of a Successful System?

Last night I finished my article about Jeanmar Gomez with a thought -- should there be a debate between Jeanmar Gomez and Jeff Locke for the final rotation spot when Charlie Morton returns?

On one side you've got Locke, who has a 2.45 ERA in 58.2 innings, but has a 4.30 xFIP. Locke is due for a regression mostly due to a low BABIP (.224) and a high strand rate (84.1%). The league averages are usually .290-.300 and 70%.

On the other side you've got Gomez, who has a 2.30 ERA in 43 innings, but has a 4.27 xFIP. Gomez is a similar story to Locke. He has a .203 BABIP and an 85% strand rate.

I was thinking about those two today. I was thinking about how we give Locke priority, mostly because he's been in the system longer and we've viewed him as a prospect for so long. Gomez was added in a minor deal this off-season, and didn't have the prospect tag due to already throwing (and struggling in) over 200 innings in the majors. But Gomez is also a few months younger than Locke, and has ...

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