Winner of the 2007 Jaret Wright Memorial “I Did Not See That Coming” Trophy. After 15 uninspiring innings in 2006, Moylan started off the year in the minors, but only threw two innings for Richmond before getting called up. He was fairly awesome, throwing 90 innings with a 1.80 ERA. His peripherals (63 K/31 BB [12 of those intentional])/6 HR) can’t really sustain that, but with good control and lots of ground balls he can thrive. I wouldn’t want to count on him to be that good, or to be the team’s primary setup man, but until/if Gonzalez gets back that’s probably going to be his role.
Moylan just totally shut down batters in clutch situations, holding them to .167 with runners in scoring position and two out. Other than that, I don’t see any big splits to say that he just got lucky with runners on base ala 2005 Wright Trophy winner Jorge Sosa. He got opposing batters to ground into 12 double plays, which isn’t surprising considering how hard it was to get the ball in the air when he was on.
Sidearmers and submariners often struggle against lefties (assuming the pitcher is righthanded). Moylan’s batting average allowed to lefthanders was 61 points higher than against righthanders, and that’s only because he walked all the tough lefties. 20 of his walks, including 11 of 12 IBB, were to lefthanded batters. All six of his homers allowed, however, were to righthanders… Was much better on the road, a 0.91 ERA versus 2.90 at Turner Field… Hit seven men, more than anyone on the staff but Hudson. With his pitching style, he could easily hit a batter with a pitch that would otherwise be a strike.