Gustavo burst out onto the major league scene as a 24 year old, relative unknown in 2005. His 34 starts were tied for the third most in the AL and he went 13 - 9 in 203 innings. He finished 5th in Rookie Of The Year voting, receiving 10% of the total vote and 2% of the first place vote. Prior to that magical season, in 2004, he had pitched 167.1 innings at 3 separate levels. And prior to that, in 2003, he pitched only 69.1 innings total.
He hurt his wing early in the 2006 campaign and has not returned to form since.
Courtesy of TSN:
Transactions / Injuries / Suspensions
|09-May-08||Designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays.|
|12-Mar-08||Optioned to Syracuse (AAA).|
|17-Jan-08||Re-signed by the Toronto Blue Jays to a one-year contract.|
|01-Oct-07||Missed the last 136 games of the regular season (left elbow injury).|
|04-Sep-07||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (left elbow injury).|
|30-Jul-07||Voided the option to Syracuse (AAA).|
|27-Jul-07||Missed 78 games and optioned to Syracuse (AAA).|
|30-Apr-07||Left elbow injury, 15-day DL.|
|04-Mar-07||Re-signed by the Toronto Blue Jays to a one-year contract.|
|23-Aug-06||Missed 66 games (elbow injury).|
|10-Jun-06||Elbow injury, 15-day DL.|
|30-May-06||Missed 17 games (elbow injury).|
|16-May-06||Elbow injury, 15-day DL (retroactive May 11th).|
|18-Feb-05||Re-signed by the Toronto Blue Jays to a one-year contract.|
|19-Sep-04||Contract purchased from New Hampshire (AA).|
If you need a refresher, here are his minor league stats from 2006 to 2009 here they are courtesy of Minor League Stats dot com:
For those that don't know what some of the stat lines mean click here for THT Glossary. You may want to bookmark that one ;)
His projections for 2010 courtesy of CHONE:
He will be reunited with former pitching coach Brad Arnsberg in Houston. Please note: Arnsberg was in his first year as pitching coach for us in the 2005 season.
Named for Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated, this is a negative forward indicator for pitcher workload. Verducci, found that pitchers under the age of 25 who have 30-inning increases year over year tend to underperform. Will Carroll independently found that pitchers who break the "Rule of 30" tend to get injured. Carroll renamed this 'rule' the Verducci Effect in honor of the man who initially found the evidence.
Our boy "Smells like Victory" was named in the article as a victim of the effect. For all you fantasy pool players out there, click here for this years candidates.
Initially this theory met some resistance. THT refuted Verducci's findings the next day and concluded: Pitchers who see a large increase in workload are more likely to continue to be successful than those who don’t. To see their article in it's entirety, click here.
- Marc Rzepczynski, Aug. 29, 1985
- Brett Cecil, July 2, 1986
- Kyle Drabek, Dec. 8, 1987
- Zach Stewart, Sept. 28, 1986
Rzep: 124.3 in 2008, 154.3 in 2009
Cecil: 125.3 in 2008, 155 in 2009
Drabek: 34 in 2008, 163 in 2009
Stewart: 34 in 2008, 108 in 2009
Righthander Kyle Drabek had Tommy John surgery in 2007 and I'm not sure what effect, if any, that will have on his innings cap. I think he will top out at about 190 innings this season and be ready to go in 2011 with no innings restrictions, that is if he does not suffer from the Verducci Effect this season.....
I think it is fair to say that the two young lefties, Rzepczynski and Cecil, will have their innings capped at right about 185 this year or roughly 28 starts. I also think it is fair to say that their innings can be manipulated easier at the minor league level. I see both of these guys, barring injury, pitching in our major league rotation in 2011 restriction free. They are right on schedule.
Righthander Zach Stewart was drafted as a reliever and is the prime candidate to suffer from the Verducci Effect out of this group moving forward. It is imperative that we do not allow him to exceed 140 innings pitched this season. Even that may be too many. He will then need another year in the minors to build his stamina up to around 170 innings in 2011. I think of him as a guy that will be in a position to enter the rotation sometime in 2012.
These four guys are the future of our Major League starting rotation. We must be patient with them and resist the urge to rush them to the majors for the upcoming 2010 season "just to see what they got". New pitching coach Bruce Walton has brought with him a new philosophy. He seems to believe the innings cap can be manipulated if his pitchers tweak their off day routines. To read all about it, click here.
This upcoming baseball season will not be a pretty one to watch in Toronto. But hang in there guys, these four pitchers are the future and we must keep in mind that they are still a year away at best.....and we must also never forget what happened to young Gustavo Chacin.