Royals Starting Pitching Target: Chris Capuano

Name: Chris Capuano is a 33-year-old free agent left handed pitcher.

Contract: Free Agent.  Made $1.5M last season with the Mets

Pitches:

Fastball: Averages 88 MPH and used 55% to 60% of the time.

Slider: Averages 80MPH and used 15% of the time.

Change up: Averages 78 MPH and used 25% to 30% of the time.

Results:

Year Team GS IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 BABIP GB% HR/FB ERA FIP xFIP SIERA WAR
2003 Diamondbacks 5 33.0 6.3 3.0 0.8 0.250 48.4% 10.3% 4.64 4.36 4.46 4.21 0.4
2004 Brewers 17 88.1 8.2 3.8 1.8 0.298 38.1% 16.7% 4.99 5.31 4.40 4.23 0.2
2005 Brewers 35 219.0 7.2 3.7 1.3 0.283 37.7% 11.6% 3.99 4.66 4.51 4.39 1.8
2006 Brewers 34 221.1 7.1 1.9 1.2 0.295 39.9% 10.5% 4.03 4.04 4.08 4.08 3.9
2007 Brewers 25 150.0 7.9 3.2 1.2 0.330 43.0% 11.2% 5.10 4.45 4.21 4.15 1.7
2010 Brewers 9 66.0 7.4 2.9 1.2 0.290 43.1% 11.4% 3.95 4.22 3.90 3.83 0.5
2011 Mets 31 186.0 8.1 2.6 1.3 0.311 42.7% 12.0% 4.55 4.04 3.67 3.60 1.6
Total Total 156 963.2 7.5 2.9 1.3 0.300 40.8% 11.8% 4.39 4.39 4.15 4.07 10.1

His results over the years have been decent, except for his HR rate. From 2003 to 20011, he had the 11th worst HR/9 rate in the league (min 800 IP).  It can be seen in the difference in his FIP and xFIP. The problem is mainly due to RHH who have hit 1.4 HR/9 vice LHH who have hit only 0.8 HR/9.

Injuries:

Chris missed all of 2008 and 2009 after under going Tommy Surgery.  After returning, his fastball velocity was the same as before the surgery.

In 2011, he missed 4 games due to an abdomen injury.

Conclusion:

I like the idea of picking of Chris Capuano as a short term solution for the team in 2012. His strikeout and walk numbers are close to Paulino's, but a HR/9 near Bruce Chen is a detriment. Pitching half his games in Kauffman Stadium will help keep some of his fly balls in the park. I think a contract in the $2 to $4 million range for 1 year would be good a good investment.

 

 

Other Royal Starting Pitching Targets:

Jair Jurrjens

Wandy Rodiguez

Edwin Jackson

Chad Billingsley

Gio Gonzalez

James Shields

Matt Garza

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