Injuries delayed Jeff Crisell’s debut in the Oakland A’s system. He did his best to make up for lost time in 2022.
Criswell ended up pitching at three different levels last season, moving quickly through the system as he looked to solidify his stature as a piece of the A’s future. His numbers may not be overly impressive, as Criswell posted a 4.03 ERA and a 1.293 WHiP in his 118.1 innings, but he displayed an ability to miss bats with 119 strikeouts while issuing just 45 walks. The most important stat, at least as far as the A’s were concerned, were his 118.1 innings as that marked a career high.
Chances are, Criswell will begin the 2023 season in Triple-A. The A’s are going to want him to refine his delivery and to improve upon his performance last season. However, considering he has a solid four pitch mix topped by a plus fastball that sits in the mid 90s. It is a matter of getting those innings and refining his delivery.
Likewise, the A’s are going to have plenty of openings in their pitching staff. A strong showing in Triple-A will lead to Criswell getting a look. Even if he is reasonably decent, he could get that chance considering how many holes the A’s have in their rotation.
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