Ryan Franklin 2.0
Chris Jakubauskas pitched well again down in Arizona, and on a roster full of pitchers with lousy command, he’s starting to stand out. So, I figured I’d just toss this out there, since we haven’t really written about Jakubauskas much.
No, the numbers aren’t exactly the same, but if you want to know what Jakubauskas’ potential is, Franklin is your answer (those are his minor league numbers, by the way). A strike-throwing guy with decent movement and no knockout pitch that can swing between starting or relieving and counts on good defense to get outs… we’ve seen this before. With a great defense and Safeco Field offering aid, this pitcher type can actually look alright, especially if Jakbauskas could replicate Franklin’s rubber arm.
But, as we mentioned in the post this morning, this is the opposite of the pitcher type that the M’s have been acquiring. There’s practically no upside here – he could be a decent enough low leverage mopup reliever/swing guy, but the organization isn’t really in a position to try to squeeze out the maximum value of a guy whose upside is +5 runs above replacement.
He’s a nice story, and it’s good to see someone in the organization throw strikes and give the beat writers a break from horrible pitching in Peoria, but there’s too many good arms fighting for major league roster spots, and Jakubauskas just doesn’t have enough potential to justify giving him one of those spots in lieu of an arm who could actually turn into something.