Interesting bit from Ken Gurnick’s piece at Dodgers.com today…
Kevin Gregg, 34, was 3-2 with a 4.95 ERA last year with Baltimore before being released in September. He can’t explain why he couldn’t land a Major League contract.
“If you can explain it, let me know,” he said. “I’ve accomplished quite a bit. The resume speaks for itself. It’s definitely puzzling. I know I’m coming off a year where I didn’t perform to my best, and I take that into account. But you have to be put in a position to succeed.”
Let’s help him out.
A good place might be with his declining strikeout rate…
…or that as he continually gives up more dingers, his ERA and FIP has risen to unacceptable levels.
Or maybe it’s because he’s been on five teams in the last seven years, and was cut loose by Baltimore last August — in the middle of a pennant race! — because…
Gregg said Orioles manager Buck Showalter told him he “didn’t like my style of pitching.”
…which I can only assume is the style of pitching that sees you allow 12 earned runs and 27 baserunners over your previous 11.1 innings, as Gregg did.
Or maybe because of the 317 different major league pitchers to toss at least 100 innings over the last two seasons, only seven have worse xFIP, as you can see in the chart at right. Of the seven men ahead of him on that list, one (Chris Young) is not currently in baseball, three (Jonathan Sanchez, Miguel Batista, Jeff Gray) are in camps on similar non-roster deals as Gregg is, one (Kyle Drabek) is a talented young player struggling to overcome injury, and one (Barry Zito) is Barry Zito. Only Logan Ondrusek, who has actually managed to keep runs off the board — I know, xFIP is a little bit of cherry-picking, because it’s not measuring actual run prevention skills — is on a major league deal.
Frankly, I can’t figure it out either. Why didn’t Kevin Gregg get a major league deal headed into his age-35 season? It’s a mystery.