David Purcey Not Getting It Done
Late last night Robert MacLeod of the Globe & Mail posted this nugget of information:
With the Blue Jays readying to pull the plug in early September on rookies Brett Cecil and Marc Rzepczynski so as to not overtax their young arms unnecessarily, Gaston is not even sure as to the makeup of his starting rotation heading into the final month.
Brian Tallet would be a good guess and Gaston said that David Purcey, who began the season on the big-league roster, could be a September call-up.
To me this is a mistake. Not only because there are far better options at the AAA, but because David Purcey is simply not getting it done at the minor league level. Until he proves he can throw strikes, he has no business being in the big leagues.
Below you will find David Purcey’s stats at AAA Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League this season.
As you can see, Purcey’s ERA is at 5. This is not very good but all things considered, not horrible when you take into account the inflated offensive numbers of the Pacific Coast League. The problem lies in the BB numbers. He is giving up approximately 5.4 BB per 9 innings pitched. This will not put you in Cito’s good graces. Inflated offensive numbers or not, if you can not throw a strike you will not be able to succeed at any level, let alone the big leagues. This gives him a bloated WHIP of 1.60. Certainly not big league material.
Okay, so maybe he struggled when he was originall sent down and his numbers are skewed based on those early struggles? Not so. Below is a game log of the last 3 games he pitched.
Ugggggggggly. This translates into a 10.38 ERA for the month of August, 10BB in 13IP and an opp. batting avg. of .364. I believe David Purcey is better served by staying/rotting in the minors.
Free Fabio Castro! Or Davis Romero! Or Jonah Bayliss! Anyone but David Purcey.[youtube gqA0vaxnLcE]