The Indianapolis Indians have announced a few transactions in advance of their playoff series for the Governors’ Cup. The team just lost Vance Worley today, as the Pirates called up the right-hander while designating Radhames Liz for assignment. They also activated Brad Lincoln off the disabled list and sent Matt Benedict down to Altoona. But the biggest move was the addition of Chad Kuhl from Altoona.

Kuhl had a great year in Double-A, with a 3.12 ERA in 152.2 innings, along with a 6.0 K/9 and a 2.4 BB/9. He’s an extreme groundball pitcher who uses his sinkerball heavily. That led to a 57.6% ground ball rate this year. He can also get his fastball up to 97 MPH on a routine basis, so he’s not just a soft tosser. He showed some improvements with his slider, and has become more comfortable with his changeup this year.

Kuhl is currently slated to start game four against Columbus.

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  1. In my eyes, he ends up taking the Jared Hughes path: Starter in Minors, trouble striking people out, extreme ground baller, and will eventually end up being a mid-late relief option. Anytime someone only K’s 6 per 9 IP at AA, unless they’re extremely young for league, they statistically don’t have a great upside as a SP in minors.

    Useful, obviously, but nothing to get too stoked about.

    • I think he’s closer to Charlie Morton than Jared Hughes. He’s got a shot at being a back of the rotation starter. Hughes didn’t strike out a lot of guys, but also didn’t get good results in AA. That was because he didn’t have the stuff to be a starter. He had a really good sinker that added velocity out of the bullpen, but that was it. Kuhl has that good sinker and the velocity as a starter, plus a slider that has been really coming along. The lack of strikeouts is more due to his pitch-to-contact approach, rather than a lack of stuff.

      • I was hoping to see that better slider narrative backed up by more swings and misses. Adrian Sampson was overrated coming off his AA performance with an ERA >1 run better than FIP and his lack of out pitch caught up to him in AAA. Kuhl is set up for the same after posting 2.48/3.68, but he does seem to have a longer leash due to the ground balls and extra velo. Better game calling could get him into a better position for long term starting success.

        Morton’s actually fairly instructive in that his curveball is light years better than Kuhl’s slider, yet he still struggles to get K’s.

        • I agree with about all of that. Sampson, however, was only overrated by this site; most others, including the Pirates and the Mariners, rated him as essentially replacement level/AAAA starter.

  2. I really did not know about this guy, until joining PP. He’s probably a ways away, but sounds very intriguing from everything Ive read here.

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