Time For Ogando To Go Back To The Bullpen
Ogando is not and should not be a starter in baseball. His tools are best used as a reliever. The 2011 season was the only season in which he was ever stretched out in a starter’s role. The Rangers didn’t prepare him for that in the minors as he had five starts in sixty-two games. Then you have to consider that before that he was an outfielder with no experience on the mound. I’m not going to say that converting him to a pitcher was a bad idea, but it sure wasn’t smart thinking to believe he could be a starter. He can’t handle the workload and two trips to the disabled list this season are evident of it. Of course some fans want to blame the medical and training staffs and even Keith Comstock and the rehab group he coordinates.
You can also take a look at his numbers as a reliever versus being a starter and clears where he’s more effective.
Now look at how his velocity has declined:
When Alexi Ogando comes back from this latest DL stint he needs to be placed directly in the bullpen. It will help the team better and save his arm and his health. How many more times does he have to be injured before the front office realizes what they’re doing to him?
Special thanks to fangraphs.com for the data.