Fister replaces Vargas

Mike Snow · August 7, 2009 at 4:42 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

As was noted in various quarters last night, Doug Fister was pulled after one inning from his start for the Rainiers. Initially it seemed like this might be because Vargas was simultaneously getting shelled, so the team thought it would need an emergency arm to spell the bullpen. So when Wakamatsu kept Vargas out there for 7 innings, the urgency seemed to have passed.

Today, however, it turns out that Fister is being brought up anyway, with Vargas being optioned to Tacoma. Fister, a 7th-round pick in 2006, is tall but relies more on good command (just 11 walks this year) than velocity. As a righthanded groundball pitcher instead of a flyball lefty, he’s basically the opposite of the guys currently filling out the rotation. Nevertheless, he’ll likely have a similar career as a back-end starter or long reliever, although we don’t know yet in which capacity he’s to be used in the immediate future.


6 Responses to “Fister replaces Vargas”

  1. mw3 on August 7th, 2009 5:08 pm

    Fister sure sounds alot like Carlos Silva. But wait he makes the league minimum. I hate Bill Bavasi.

  2. Liam on August 7th, 2009 5:18 pm

    Dave previously said that Fister was a tall Jakubauskas.

    If things had worked out differently, Jakubauskas might have been a short Fister.

  3. BillyJive on August 7th, 2009 5:26 pm

    um….any chance Fister is a knuckleballer?

    LOL…good luck in the big leagues kid!!

  4. kenshabby on August 7th, 2009 6:42 pm

    I hope Fister develops the first-ever fistball. Then I guess it might have to be called a fisterball.

  5. bongo on August 8th, 2009 10:44 am

    I remember watching Fister pitch for the Everett Aquasox, and thinking “this fellow might amount to something”. Welcome to the big leagues!

    As for the resemblance to Carlos Silva… not so much. Fister is listed as 6′ 8″ and 193 pounds, 25 years old. Carlos Silva is 6′ 4″ and probably close to 250 pounds, born in 1979. So Fister is 4″ taller, 50 pounds lighter, and 5 years younger. Oh, and he can pitch.

  6. Nik Aitken on August 11th, 2009 12:35 pm

    Should be an interesting game tonight. Good luck Doug.

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