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James Karinchak - CLE RP

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This guy looks like the next big bullpen threat for the Indians. His arsenal includes a fastball that sits in the mid 90s and a devastating 12-to-6 curveball. There is a lot of deception in his delivery that can create a ton of swing and misses. He is showing elite command this year, an improvement on last year's numbers. He currently has a 32/3 K/BB ratio in 13.0 innings and has only allowed 5 hits.

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It takes a lot to get me to care about a minor league reliever, but those numbers are insane. He strikes out 2/3 of the batters he faces. His xFIP is negative.

If he keeps doing this he’ll be in Cleveland soon, and a guy who strikes out almost everyone has at least a little fantasy value regardless of role. If he closes someday, that would be exciting.

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3 hours ago, SpartyOn4 said:

It takes a lot to get me to care about a minor league reliever, but those numbers are insane. He strikes out 2/3 of the batters he faces. His xFIP is negative.

If he keeps doing this he’ll be in Cleveland soon, and a guy who strikes out almost everyone has at least a little fantasy value regardless of role. If he closes someday, that would be exciting.

 

my thoughts exactly. its tough to find some footage on him but I believe there are some college tapes of him at Bryant when he was a starting pitcher.

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wow, thanks for pointing him out.  those are indeed, insane numbers in AA.  worth following for sure.

since they brought him to AAA, he has 3 hits in 3 innings and 1 walk, but he struck out 8 of the other 9 guys.

2019 AKR EAS AA 0 0 0.00 10 0 0 0 6 6 10.0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 24 .061 0.40 0.75
2019 COL INT AAA 0 0 0.00 3 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 .273 1.33 -.--
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2 hours ago, appleapple5 said:

Is there a possibility he comes up this season?

I would say yes. As long as his control doesn't get completely out of whack, no reason he shouldn't be up. Also worth noting that he is not in Yahoo's database. 

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Currently on a rehab assignment in the AZL. 1st appearance he struck out all 3 batters he faced. Once he's back up to speed, he could make an impact come September. 

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