Saturday, March 3, 2012

Reaction To Monti And Esposito Signings

I really like the these two signings by the Ducks. They've definitely helped out their bullpen, but also got two guys who can make starts.

Jason Monti was extremely affective out of the bullpen for the Ducks last season, especially considering he was a starter the two previous seasons. He averaged 9.9 strikeouts per 9 innings which was a career high.  However, he only pitched 30 innings, and missed considerable time do to injury (the 30 innings he pitched was a career low for Monti). I think Monti can be one of the best relievers in the Atlantic League in 2012 if he stays healthy.

It will be interesting to see where Joe Esposito fits into the Ducks plans. When he previously played for the Ducks he was a reliever, but last season with Reading (AA) he was a starter.  What's interesting about Esposito was that he did pretty well in his first season a starter. Though his ERA was a little high (5.48), he did have 5 wins, and a 10.28 strikeouts per 9 innings. I think he could become a solid starter for the Ducks with the help of pitching coach Steve Foucault. However, a lot depends on who else the Ducks sign.

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