Apr 27, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin (64) prepares to deliver a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles in the seventh inning at O.Co Coliseum. The Orioles defeated the Athletics 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
The case for A.J. Griffin:
In his only full season in Oakland, in 2013 Griffin was likable, fun to watch, and performed well for never being a top-prospect. The 2010 13th round pick threw more than 200 innings, struck out 171 batters, and won 14 games while posting a respectable 3.83 ERA. He is someone who has always outperformed his FIP because his fly ball tendencies are down-played in the spacious O.Co Coliseum. His curveball is reminiscent of Barry Zito and his hair reminds one of a Beach Boy.
Griffin, like Parker, fell victim to the dreaded Tommy John surgery prior to the 2014 season and will be held out until early 2015. It is unknown just how long it will be before he will return to the mound, but seeing as how this is only his first time under TJ’s knife it may require less time than Parker.
Career highlight: In 15 career starts against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers, Griffin’s ERA is 2.81.
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