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Sonny and E-Jax


Initially I was going to post some well thought out, in depth analysis comparing Sonny and E-Jax.  But as this issue has been hammered to death, revived, and then beaten until dead again, I figured I would just post the numbers and let everyone draw their own conclusions.  The numbers represent the 2007 and 2008 season as Sony was in the minors prior to that.  It's worth noting that if Sonny continued on his projected path (based on 07-08), this discussion would not be happening.  It's also worth pointing out, that this isn't saying we should have traded one or the other, but just a reflection of their numbers when playing on the same Rays team for the same years, which (to me) would negate any defensive or park differences.

Year K/BB AS K/BB EJ HR/9 AS HR/9 EJ BABIP AS BABIP EJ FIP AS FIP EJ
2007 3.73 1.45 1.24 1.06 0.329 0.351 4.26 4.9
2008 3.35 1.4 0.98 1.13 0.312 0.301 3.91 4.88

- Sonny may not have ever been a K machine, but was more reliable with a higher K/BB rate.  E-Jax could strike out the side as easily as he could walk 3 in a row.

- FIP is pretty evident.  Sonny is in the low 4's and improving.  Edwin is mired in the 4.9 range.  It's worth noting that he never cracked the sub 4.00 barrier and posted a 4.12, 6.78, 4.9 and 4.52 in 2003-2006


Year GB/FB AS GB/FB EJ LD% AS LD% EJ HR/FB AS HR/FB EJ
2007 0.91 1.27 18% 19.40% 10.10% 10.20%
2008 1.03 0.98 17% 20.70% 8.00% 9.60%

 

Year WAR AS WAR EJ
2007 2.1 1.5
2008 3.6 1.4


 This doesn't take into account the 2009 season (obviously).  But this at least provides a glimpse of where we were numbers-wise in the off-season.  It's easy to play arm chair FO when we have a third of a season to judge history on.

 

This post was written by a member of the DRaysBay community and does not necessarily express the views or opinions of DRaysBay staff.

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