Cove Chatter 100: #13

Martin Agosta | RHP, 22 yo, 6-1, 180 | 2012 Draft – 2 | (Low A) 18 GS, 91.2 IP, 2.09 ERA, 5.6 H/9, 4.2 BB/9, 10.7 K/9

If this offseason has done anything for me, it’s allowed me to step back a bit and look at the entire body of work Agosta put together in his first full season as a pro. When he was healthy, he was easily the most dominant pitcher in the Augusta rotation. Heck, he only allowed 21 ER in over half a season’s work. But injuries and arm fatigue really derailed his second half, and I think that left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths (myself included). By August, reports on his velocity were not good, and he only managed to pitch 12 innings before he was shut down for good.

So, should Agosta be given the reliever label this early because his second half was injury-filled and inconsistent? Personally, I don’t think so. When he’s right, he’s got a very good fastball/slider combination (see the David Lee quote below). If the Giants can help him develop a cutter and even an average changeup, I don’t see why he can’t keep moving up the system as a starter. This is a kid that struck out over a batter an inning, and logged .180 BAA for the year. Righties hit only .164 off him! Maybe his stuff was a little advanced for the Sally, but those are still very impressive numbers.

Although I don’t know exactly what to make of the former second round pick, I still think the results he produced in Augusta last year are enough for me to keep him near the top 10 in the system. For now, he’s a shade below Kendry Flores and a tick above Joan Gregorio in my book, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see any of those guys (hopefully a couple of them) let loose in San Jose this summer. When he was right, Agosta was stellar last year. We can hope that he’ll be right much more often this year.

They said it: “It was an up and down year…Agosta showed many times why he’s a second-round pick. He threw a plus-potential fastball in the low-90s that ramped up to 95 on occasion…slider is a plus offering…I wouldn’t be the first to slap a reliever tag on Agosta if I were inclined to do so.” ~ David Lee, Augusta Chronicle

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5 thoughts on “Cove Chatter 100: #13”

  1. Me gusto Agosta!

    I agree, way too early to be relegating him to being a reliever. There’s always time to make him a reliever if the team needs one when he’s higher in the system, and the more tools he learns as a starter, the better he’ll be should he ever be made a reliever.

    And with the huge mass of pitching talent that should be graduating in the 2014-2016 time frame, there will be a lot of guys who might be good middle-to-back rotation starters who will end up being relievers on the Giants, like Correia did for a couple of seasons.

    1. I think that’s my favorite part of this whole thing. As we well know, there’s no chance that all of these guys have great MLB careers (some likely won’t even get there)… but where the Giants stand right now, there are legitimately 10 arms that are competing against each other within the organization. Only the best will make it to SF. Whether some of them turn to relief or continue to start, the top talent will be the ones impacting the big club in the next couple of years. It’s very exciting to think about.

      1. Yep, that’s the rub, sometimes teams will strike out with their huge crop. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen clubs celebrated in the news for their “Four Aces” or something like that, only to have them all fizzle, like it did for the A’s and met’s in the early 90’s, or our own FAW (Foppert Ainsworth Williams).

        And here, in our case, not all aces, but pretty legit arms who all look like they have the stuff to fit in somewhere in our rotation, whether frontline like Crick, mid like a lot of them, or backend.

        And luckily, we don’t need all of them to develop for good things to happen for our club. As you note, we got a lot of legit arms – ten starters, but a good number of relievers as well – and if we can get one ace, one mid-rotation guy, and two strong set-up men with closer abilities, in the 2014-2016, we should be set for the rest of the decade, that’s a lot of roster savings, particularly if we got replacements for Hudson, Affeldt, and Lopez soon (like maybe Blackburn, Osich, and another lefty)

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