Danny Duffy Comps

Kyle Rivas

A quick look at other recent pitchers who took a while to get to 200 innings.

In pieces of three major league seasons, Danny Duffy has managed to accumulate a grand total of 157.1 innings of work. With the Royals looking for a major contribution from Duffy in 2014 (it would be nice for him to reprise the role of Ervin Santana from last season), I thought it might be interesting to see what other pitchers 'took a while' to get innings.

Specifically, I ran a comp for pitchers who started over 75% of their big league appearances in their first three seasons, but still compiled a total of less than 200 innings over those three seasons.  I also was using as a pool only those pitchers who made their debuts in the post-strike era (1995 forward).

In the end, it is not a large group:

Player From To Age G GS IP BB SO ERA ERA+
Mike Grace 1995 1997 25-27 20 20 130.1 30 82 3.45 124
Anibal Sanchez 2006 2008 22-24 34 33 196 92 136 3.86 113
Kason Gabbard 2006 2008 24-26 34 31 163 96 103 4.53 102
Joe Saunders 2005 2007 24-26 33 33 187.1 67 124 4.71 96
Clay Buchholz 2007 2009 22-24 36 34 190.2 87 162 4.91 95
Jacob Turner 2011 2013 20-22 33 33 185.2 74 121 4.27 93
Ricardo Rodriguez 2002 2004 24-26 27 26 149.2 58 80 5.05 90
Jason Hirsh 2006 2008 24-26 32 29 165.2 74 110 5.32 89
Danny Duffy 2011 2013 22-24 31 31 157.1 83 137 4.75 87
Jose Acevedo 2001 2003 23-25 29 27 146.2 52 105 5.22 86
Dewon Brazelton 2002 2004 22-24 34 33 182 82 93 5.34 84
Carlos Carrasco 2009 2011 22-24 33 33 191.2 65 134 4.93 81
Homer Bailey 2007 2009 21-23 37 37 195 97 132 5.45 80
Chris Tillman 2009 2011 21-23 36 36 180.2 80 116 5.58 78
Chris George 2001 2003 21-23 37 37 195 70 84 6.32 77
John Koronka 2005 2007 24-26 29 28 151 60 73 6.02 77
Stan Spencer 1998 2000 28-30 23 21 118.2 34 107 5.54 76
Rick van den Hurk 2007 2009 22-24 33 32 154.1 79 151 5.95 73
J.P. Howell 2005 2007 22-24 33 33 166 74 136 6.34 71
LaTroy Hawkins 1995 1997 22-24 33 32 156.2 68 91 6.72 71
Jo-Jo Reyes 2007 2009 22-24 40 37 190.2 95 126 6.09 69
Liam Hendriks 2011 2013 22-24 30 28 156 46 100 6.06 68
Tim Stauffer 2005 2007 23-25 18 17 94.2 36 57 6.37 62
Eric Surkamp 2011 2013 23-25 7 7 29.1 17 13 7.36 48

There are some pretty good names in there, some so-so, some guys who have since made their money by becoming relievers and Chris George.

In full disclosure, this was going to a far more fantastic chart.  My intent was to add what each of the above did in their fourth season and also what they accomplished for their career.   However, life has gotten in the way - or maybe just disorganization.  All of which ended up being a crazy weekend that culminates with me heading off to Royals Fantasy Camp as soon as I hit 'publish'.

Perhaps the discussion will flesh out 'what happened next' for the above group of slow starting starters, or one of my esteemed colleagues might step in or, maybe it will forever remain a mystery.   Anyway, godspeed everyone.

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