2. He pitched well in Triple-A Nashville.
If his spring numbers weren’t enough, Zito was prepared to show the A’s he could still be productive.
Zito accepted his Triple-A assignment after the A’s opted to go with a younger rotation (Thanks Kendall Graveman).
He made 24 appearances for the Sounds in 2015 and recorded 13 quality starts in the process. Over138 innings of work, Zito went 8-7 with a 3.46 ERA.
He held opponents to a .231 average and recorded 91 strikeouts against 60 walks. His numbers may not have been CY Young worthy, but Zito’s production in Nashville was encouraging.