August 18, 2016
Some Projection Left
Finding The Next Edwin Diaz
I watch a lot of Seattle Mariners games. Some of that is because it gives me something to talk about with my Grandma, some of it is because I rooted for the team (and still do, to a much lesser extent) for the past 25 or so years. I won’t bore you with the existence of being a Mariners fan, because there are far better writers and some amazing team websites that’ll tell you all about it.
One of the real treats of getting to watch a lot of Mariners games, is that for the past three or so months, Seattle fans have gotten to watch Edwin Diaz. All Diaz has done since being promoted to Seattle is post a 1.64 ERA in 33 innings, while striking out 60 hitters in just 33 innings of work. To put that into perspective, that’s the same number of strikeouts as Jordan Zimmermann, in 64 and a third fewer innings.
And so, this got me thinking. I’ve been thoroughly impressed with what Edwin Diaz has done in 2016. What about those in the industry? Is what Diaz has done in 2016 a truly impressive feat, or is it evidence that a failed starter with two good pitches can become a dominant reliever without much of a grace period?