I’m sure we all remember the big fireballer whom the Yankees used to call their “setup man.” For those who don’t his name is Kyle Farnsworth. Yes, the Kyle Farnsworth. He was brought to New York to replace Tom “Flash” Gordon in 2006 on a 3-year, $17 MM contract.
Well first, let’s look at his stats as a Yankee by season, then for his career:
- NYY (2006): 72 G 3-6 6/10 Save opps 66 IP 62 H 75 K 32 ER 8 HR 28 BB 4.36 ERA
- NYY (2007): 64 G 2-1 0/3 Save opps 60 IP 60 H 48 K 32 ER 9 HR 27 BB 4.80 ERA
- NYY (2008)*: 45 G 1-2 1/1 Save opps 44.1 IP 43 H 43 K 18 ER 11 HR 17 BB 3.65 ERA ***Note, lost setup job to Joba Chamberlain
- CAREER (1999-present): 772.1 IP 747 H 780 K 342 BB (2-1 ratio) 115 HR 4.47 ERA 27 SAVES 33 BLOWN SAVES
Farnsworth was traded at the Trade Deadline in 2008 to Detroit for Iván Rodriguez. He is now with Kansas City.
Now, the Royals pitching coach, Bob McClure, has apparently been working all offseason with Farnsworth. Primarily, he would always throw his two fastballs, 4-seam and 2-seam at between 97-101 mph, rarely using his curveball or slider. Well, McClure and manager Trey Hillman think it’s time for Farnsworth to move out of the bullpen to the rotation. He has also apparently lowered his fastball velocity to about 91-93 mph in the process. ***Note: Farnsworth came up to the Cubs in 1999 as a starter (21 GS 5-9 5.05 ERA)
Your mind is already blown isn’t it? Well that’s not even the crazy part of the story.
Bob McClure, Royals pitching coach since 2006, seems to think that the Kyle Farnsworth will be able to make the transition to starter easier than Yankees RHP Joba Chamberlain. “Chamberlain is still in that mode where he’s learning, so he’s pitching like his hair’s on fire, and it seems to me he’s a little more suited for the ‘pen at this point.” (***Note: Farnsworth: Age 33, Chamberlain: Age 24) “Farnsworth, to me, just went the opposite. He was able to start throwing 92, 93 [mph] and use some two-seamers to where we think it may be something to look at,” said McClure. He will compete with former Met great Brian Bannister, Kyle Davies, and Luke Hochevar for the final two spots in the rotation.
So you may be thinking, “What?” First off, does McClure not realize that Chamberlain has started 43 games over the past 2 seasons? Not only has Joba proven to be able to pitch in New York (without seemingly allowing a home run every game), but he has a career ERA lower than 3.75 (and 4.45) as well. I guess only time will tell as to who really will adjust (even though Joba has already done so) better.