The explanation from San Diego on why he didn't pitch in the big leagues or playoffs last year while Patino and Weathers jumped ahead of him in the debut line is that Gore was a little out of whack with his delivery, so the timing wasn't right. He apparently had a real shot to start Game 2 if they advanced another round but didn't get the call against the Dodgers since his profile doesn't work as well out of the bullpen.
Maddon said Ohtani, who is more than two years removed from Tommy John surgery, is a “full-go” for spring training and that the right-hander has been hitting 95 mph with his fastball in recent bullpen workouts.
That said, he'll turn 34 after the first month of the season, and his 2020 FIP (4.19) was a little scary. Check on his velocity in Spring Training — if he can keep his fastball in the 93-94 mph range, he should be fine as a top-20 starting pitcher draft pick.Tampa Bay Rays
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Yoan Moncada and Edwin Diaz, 6.11 and 7.02 - Moncada gets a pass for his messy 2020; he’s another guy in a loaded lineup, and the market attached him to a coupon. Diaz was my pivot after the starting pitcher market again left me wanting — I was surprised Kyle Hendricks didn’t last this long. Hendricks is not a big strikeout pitcher by the ratios, but his strike-throwing allows him to work deep into games, and he’ll be a sneaky strikeout source from his likely innings volume.Milwaukee Brewers
Justin Turner's extended flirtation with free agency ended where it began -- with the Los Angeles Dodgers.Washington Nationals
Perez pitched 19⅓ innings in 2018 and 7⅔ innings in 2019, derailed by injuries during those seasons. Last year, with the minors canceled, he stayed healthy and pitched at the alternate training site in Toledo.Los Angeles Dodgers
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