Sunday, July 8, 2012

A Diamond in Minnesota

 By Corey R. Cunningham

South paw pitcher Scott Diamond has found his comfort zone in Minnesota where he as pitched exceptionally well for the Twins. Diamond who started the year at AAA Rochester going 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA, 34 IP, 35 H, 12 R, 10 ER, 26 K, and a 1.212 WHIP. Diamond was called upon by the Twins and has done an excellent job thus far.

Diamond made his first pitching appearance of the year on May 8th, against the Angels, earning a "W". Diamond went on to win these first 3 appearances facing tough offenses in the Angels, Blue Jays, and the Brewers. Diamond has 9 QS out of 12 this season, with a record of 7-3, a 2.62 ERA, 45 K, 12 BB, and a 1.18 WHIP.
Diamond is not a power pitcher as he has only a season high 7 K in one game this year, and averages just over 3K/G. Scott is no stranger to the pitchers mound in Minnesota as he pitched in 2011, although not quite as well as he has done so far in 2012. He pitched only 39 IP last year, with an ERA above 5, and a WHIP of 1.74, much higher than his of 1.18 this year.

I believe it is safe to add Diamond to your roster, as he has shown he can pitch even though the Twins have less than spectacular starting pitching. It is going to be hard to figure out where Diamond will start in the rotation after the all star break, so be patient to see his upcoming opponents, but with him pitching in a pitchers park at home, it is safe to add him to your roster.

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