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2012 Player Preview: Billy Bullock

Written by Joe Lucia on .

When the Braves acquired Billy Bullock from the Minnesota Twins last spring in exchange for Scott Diamond, Braves fans were awash with optimism. Bullock is a live-armed reliever with potential to be a stud, while Diamond is just kind of a fifth starter/spot reliever kind of guy who didn't figure into the Braves plans at all in 2011. 

In repeating AA in 2011, most of us expected Bullock to have an absolutely dominant year, get his control in order, and become a possible bullpen option for the Braves in 2012. That....didn't exactly happen. While Bullock struck out 65 in 50 innings, his strikeout rate fell from 12.8 per nine innings to 11.8 per nine innings. Perhaps more interestingly, the control that we all expected to improve really didn't, as Bullock's walk rate actually rose, from 5.3 per nine innings to 6.2 per nine innings.

Bullock obviously still has a lot of value as a tall (6'6"), hard-throwing reliever. But at the end of the day, if he keeps walking the lineup, he's not going to crack the show. I think he can roll at Gwinnett in 2012 in kind of a "sink or swim" type situation, needing to get his control fixed before he's even allowed to sniff the show. While his overpowering stuff is very enticing, I just can't get behind him as a full-time reliever in the majors until he gets his walk rate below four batters per nine innings, which based on his 2011 totals, would mean cutting out about a dozen walks per season. It's a tall order, and if he's able to do it, he can be a stud in the majors. But if not, he'll end up being just another live arm who couldn't put it all together.

Check out Bullock's player projection on THT here.
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In repeating AA in 2011, most of us expected Bullock to have an absolutely dominant year, get his control in order, and become http://bit.ly/phau-thuat-benh-tri-het-bao-nhieu-tien a possible bullpen option for the Braves in 2012. That....didn't exactly happen. While Bullock struck out 65 in 50 innings, his strikeout rate fell from 12.8 per nine innings to 11.8 per nine innings. Perhaps more interestingly, the control that we all expected to improve really didn't, as Bullock's walk rate actually rose, from 5.3 per nine innings to 6.2 per nine innings.


Bullock obviously still has a lot of value as a tall (6'6"), hard-throwing reliever. But at the end of the day, if he keeps walking the lineup, he's not going to crack the show. I think he can roll at Gwinnett in 2012 in kind of a "sink or swim" type situation, needing to get his control fixed before he's even allowed to sniff the show. While his overpowering stuff is very enticing, I just can't get behind him as giá sàn gỗ căm xe a full-time reliever in the majors until he gets his walk rate below four batters per nine innings, which based on his 2011 totals, would mean cutting out about a dozen walks per season. It's a tall order, and if he's able to do it, he can be a stud in the majors. But if not, he'll end up being just another live arm who couldn't put it all together.

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