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:
|Rick van den Hurk||2007||2009||22-24||33||32||154.1||79||151||5.95||73|
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.