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March 25, 2020

Royals

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Brown Minors RHP 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.6

Brewers

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Skoglund 26 Majors SP Medium 4.0 0.7 0.5 0.2 0 0.2 0.4
1 Comment
  1. Sean Ricky-Bobby

    Not at all attached to Zach Brown if Im the Brewers but my first thought was why on earth would they want Skoglund? He doesn’t strike me as good at anything other then being a well below average arm. His fastball is slow and has bad spin, ditto the Curve, change gets hit hard as hell all over and his slider HAD A FUCKING 3% SWINGING-STRIKE RATE which is uhhhhh soggy bag of runny dog shit on fire bad.
    So say he goes to the Brewers and is mercifully put into the pen to mop up in blow outs, since he is Counsell’s only option in this hypothetical, and since Im stuck in my apartment let me break down what alterations they could make. I remind readers he had a perfect 9era as both a start AND a reliever, very nice.

    First thing I would recommend is to stop throwing the slider completely as it has bad movement and results, in short it isn’t fooling anyone.

    Second his ass is borrowing a rapsodo and staying/living at the Brewers pitching lab to work on refining his Change and Curve to add even a smidgen more spin, movement and/or velo. The curve is just ok as it currently stand but its by far and away his best secondary polishing, not saying much, his command of it will be paramount. The change sucks and is close to getting the axe, if he cant polish it up at all it’s going to be a single digit usage rate pitch used to steal strikes since no one is whiffing on that dog turd.

    Third I would want to see a better in game approach/strategy, it was all over the place last season, his pitch charts look like rainbow shotgun splatters. Would like to see fastballs located at the top of the zone and for him push his fastball usage up to 70%. He has flashed 95 in the past but I figure 92-93 is a more reasonable velo bump to expect out of the pen. If he can hold command and control of a 92/93 mph heater that plays mostly up in the zone we can use this as a base to start offsetting hitters timing. Now his curve is going to need to be thrown for strikes low in the zone enough to be respected by hitters. If he hangs this thing good lord almighty its gone its a nice easy curve with blah spin coming in at FUCKIN 77mph! If that thing is up in the upper half of the zone it might as well be on a tee, hard hit city. If he is working his heater up and curve low consistently even with the obvious speed splits he can sprinkle in changes against righties to counter them sitting on the heater. This a work able approach but one that need his command to remain constant and pray that advanced pitch development helped him upgrade one of the two off speed pitches.

    Is the new look Eric Skoglund now a good reliever? No
    He might however be a trustable mop man which is something that would keep him employed for another year or two at the min.

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