20 January 2011

Countdown to Scottsdale #38: Todd Wellemeyer, SP

I sing the song of Todd Wellemeyer, who did his college pitching for Bellarmine — related in name only to the alma mater of Pat Burrell, Kevin Frandsen, and yours truly — and joined the eventual World Series Champions to fill a very specific need: seat warmer. Madison Bumgarner had the inside track for the 5th Starter gig, but his Spring doldrums suggested he wasn't quite ready for prime time. So he got a few more months to mature in the Central Valley while Mr. Wellemeyer was busy posting one of the starkest home-road splits in recent baseball history (ERA: 2.97 home/10.07 road; OBA: .213 home/.323 road). Still, if you're gonna suck, it's best not to do it in front of the faithful. In that regard, this half-year rental was a smashing success. And when he eventually hit the turf with a sidelining injury, his timing could not have been more perfect for facilitating the emergence of #MadBum.

Thanks, Todd.

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