Diamond, Scott Diamond

Hey you! Are you aware of Scott Diamond? If not you should be, because he’s doing some interesting things out in Minnesota. He won another start today against Cleveland improving his record to 10-5 for the 48-61 Minnesota Twins. Sure, wins don’t mean a whole lot, but the second highest win total of any Twins starter this year is Nick Blackburn with 4. Nick Blackburn. Diamond also lowered his ERA to 2.91 in his start today, going 7 innings and giving up 2 earned runs. What’s interesting about Diamond though, is that he really doesn’t strike anyone out. He doesn’t walk anyone either, which shouldn’t be too surprising if you’ve been following the Twins pitchers at all for the last 15 or so years. See, ever since Brad Radke led the Twins rotation from 1995 to 2006 (with a career K/9 of 5.4 and a BB/9 of 1.6) the Twins have largely targeted the “pitch-to-contact” type pitchers, who, in general, haven’t been able to reproduce Radke’s results. Except Scott Diamond. Sure, it’s only 17 starts, (he did start 7 games last year, but wasn’t very good, so I’m ignoring those*) but Diamond has been effective this year. He’s currently sporting a K/9 of 4.88, and a BB/9 of 1.26; both a bit lower than Radke’s career numbers. His FIP isn’t as good as his ERA at 3.66 (xFIP of 3.69), but it’s still around 12% better than average.

*It’s my right as a human being. I’m writing this on Monday, which is a holiday in Canada. A holiday!

So, in conclusion, Scott Diamond has been pretty decent this year. He wasn’t a top prospect (he was never ranked in BP’s top Twins prospects as far as I can tell), so his performance has been surprising. It hasn’t been a good year for the Twins, and Scott Diamond has been one of the few bright spots. Or, about as much of a bright spot as a pitch-to-contact starter can be. Can he continue his performance? I don’t know, but it would be kind of neat if he did. I guess.

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