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Hello, my name is: Mike Bolsinger

Continuing our series of SnakePit appraisals, we bring you a thread to discuss the performance of another rookie starter, Mike Bolsinger.

How this works

Every other day, from now through to Christmas, we'll open up discussion on a particular player who made a meaningful contribution to the 2014 Diamondbacks. [I've drawn the line at 125 PA or 20 innings] There will be two sections. Firstly, a poll where you rate them from 5 ("Highly satisfied") down to 1 ("Very dissatisfied"): it's entirely up to you what criteria you use for the number. Secondly, the comments below, where you can talk about the reasons for your vote, etc. Things to discuss include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-season expectations
  • 2014 performance: strengths and weaknesses, etc.
  • Health and other mitigating factors
  • How they'll help the team in 2015, their role, etc.

Three days down the line, we'll collate the votes, calculate a final average score, and write up the consensus of SnakePit thought into an appraisal. Here is a quick overview of today's candidate for your consideration.

Mike Bolsinger, RHP

  • DOB: 1/29/1988
  • 2014 Salary: League minimum
  • 2014 performance: 9 starts, 52.1 IP, 5.50 ERA, 4.01 FIP, 48 K, 17 BB, 1-6 record
  • 2014 value: -0.8 bWAR, 0.4 fWAR.

If you picked Bolsinger as "first rookie to start a game in 2014 for the Diamondbacks," congratulations. Not sure many can bask in that glow, however., considering he was #36 on John B's list of our top 100 prospects at the end of 2013. But when Trevor Cahill was relegated to the bullpen, it was Bolsinger who got the call,and stuck around for four outings, despite allowing seven runs over four innings in his first start. He also got called back into the rotation for a month in June/July, after we lost Bronson Arroyo, with slightly better success (ERA 5.02 in his second stint, compared to 6.08 the first time out).

How did you rate his 2014? And does he have a future in the Diamondbacks for 2015?