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How good is Syracuse’s Jordan Zimmerman?

7 starts, 1 win, 4 losses, 4.47 ERA. Those are his numbers since the big trade on July 25th bringing him to Upstate New York, pretty bad huh? GM Gary Currier doesn’t think so. “If you look inside the numbers he’s actually been quite good, there is luck involved” Sounds like a pretty optimistic GM if you ask me but let’s dig into the numbers a little bit. His BABIP is at a VERY high .342 (Syracuse pitchers as a team is around .280 because of their stellar defense) showing that hitters are getting the ball through on Syracuse’s defense which is rare at this rate. He doesn’t give up home runs, Zim has given up 3 in his 44.1 innings pitched which is 0.6 per 9 innings, an elite rate. His strikeouts are up, the best of his career at 6.7 per 9 innings and...

Tyler Kolek Getting a Second Chance at Big League Stardom

When Tyler Kolek arrived via trade to the Syracuse Orange organization expectations were high. And they should be. The 6’5″ Kolek is a GM’s fantasy with his 101 mph fastball that seemingly makes batters hit the pitch into the ground if they’re able to make contact. After putting up solid numbers for a 20 year old in the closest level to the CBL Kolek was expected to put a lot of time in for Syracuse this season, GM Gary Currier stated before the season he would start off in AAA Fort Lauderdale to work out some kinks and give him a chance to dominate a level before he was brought to the show, and that’s exactly what Kolek did. Kolek started off the AAA season with a 6-3 record with an ERA under 2.50 striking out almost 8 batters per 9 innings while walking only...

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