Contract: He will be going into is 2nd year of arbitration. 2 years until a FA (I am horrible with contract information, so let me know if I am wrong). Was paid $3.25M in 2011.
Pitches: He throws several different fastballs (60% of the time). Also he has a curve/slider/cutter (20%) and a change (20%). His fastball averaged 89.1 MPH this last season. It is down almost 3 MPH since he joined the league:
Here is his stats over the years:
The drop in velocity can be seen the drop in K/9. He does have a nice shiny ERA from 2011, his ERA estimators show him as a worse pitcher.
For comparison, here are the K/9 and BB/9 for a few Royals this last year:
- Luke Hochevar, 5.82 K/9, 2.82 BB/9
- Bruce Chen, 5.63 K/9, 2.90 BB/9
- Everett Teaford, 5.73 K/9, 2.86 BB/9