Kyle McClellan won't be blocking anybody or overrated by anybody in particular now that he's a (minor league) member of the Texas Rangers. He won't have Tony La Russa's confidence, and he won't have that vague I'm-the-dependable-one reputation, around the team and the fanbase, that comes with having a low BAbip and not striking anybody out. He won't even be a Hometown Favorite. So: Who is he? What's left?
1. A really low BAbip. For his career, across 1612 plate appearances, Kyle McClellan's batting average against on balls in play is just .270. That will—has, in fact—paper over a lot of mistakes, although it's hard to come up with any reasons why it would be an organic part of his pitching.
2. A neat reverse split. I love these, probably more than I should. McClellan's performance against left-handers to date is almost entirely responsible for that low BAbip—they've hit just .211/.295/.341 against him, or .233 on balls in play. McClellan has two really effective off-speed pitches, a curveball and a changeup, and he doesn't throw a slider, so this is easy enough to rationalize.
Kyle McClellan joins the Texas Rangers. Without his St. Louis Cardinals baggage, who is he?
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