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SnakePit Appraisals: Joe Thatcher

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He came, he saw, he conquered, he left, he has, going by the number of votes here, been forgotten. But what do those who remember our LHRP think of him?

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Strengths
  • "I was all ready to be very dissatisfied and then I saw that his numbers weren’t actually bad. Somehow, he seemed to be a lot worse than he really was." - xmet
  • "Wasn’t. A. Joke." - Clefo
  • "He was good for his role and his 72 outs." - shoewizard
  • "He was a rare exception A guy who performed much better for the D’backs this year than he did for the team he was traded to. " - fangdango
Weaknesses
  • "Joe wasn’t good with entering into pressure situations. He’d never close the door all the way and would have to be replaced by a righty when righties came to the place. The guy was an extreme loogy that struggled to retire his assigned guy out." - ford.williams.10
  • "He cost over 15,000 per out to the D backs (assuming they paid him about 1.1 M of his salary) That's the same rate you pay a starter getting you 200 outs for 9,200,000. That's expensive for a loogy." - shoewizard
  • "I'm just glad I don't need to hear Bert say "Iron Lefty" anymore " - JoeCB1991
Towards 2015
  • Not relevant. But next year, expect the part of Thatcher to be played by Oliver Perez, likely right down to the trade at the deadline. However, he will remain, as 'Hacks put it, "the only left handed pitcher in baseball history whose last name rhymes with Catcher."
Comment of the Thread

I was all ready to be very dissatisfied

and then I saw that his numbers weren’t actually bad. Somehow, he seemed to be a lot worse than he really was. Since my recollection of his performance and his numbers don’t really jive, I gave him a 3, because I clearly didn’t care enough to remember correctly.

I’m still voting, because why not? If our government can vote without reading, surely I can vote without remembering accurately.

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The Tally
  • 5 - Highly Satisfied: 23%
  • 4 - Somewhat Satisfied: 39%
  • 3 - Neither Satisfied Nor Dissatisfied: 28%
  • 2 - Somewhat Dissatisfied: 5%
  • 1 - Very Dissatisfied: 5%

Not many votes - indeed, the 57 cast is the fewest so far, edging out Will Harris's 61. But that isn't surprising, considering he only threw 24 innings for us, before departing to the Angels, so barely qualified. However, those who voted were generally impressed, those on the positive side outnumbering the nay-sayers by a margin of more than 6:1 (62%-10%). It's a fair point that he was expensive in terms of what he did - by shoe's math per out, equating to a starter getting more than $9 million. But, on the other hand, how many starters have an ERA of 2.63? He may not have done much for the Diamondbacks in 2014, but there seems little argument that, what he did, he did well!

  1. David Peralta 4.82 (162 votes)
  2. Evan Marshall 4.76 (119)
  3. Josh Collmenter 4.71 (151)
  4. Paul Goldschmidt 4.64 (168)
  5. Ender Inciarte 4.51 (111)
  6. A.J. Pollock 4.48 (132)
  7. Chase Anderson 4.18 (161)
  8. Chris Owings 4.13 (112)
  9. Oliver Perez 4.12 (94)
  10. Vidal Nuno 3.96 (92)
  11. Joe Thatcher 3.68 (57)
  12. Eury de la Rosa 3.63 (91)
  13. Cliff Pennington 3.52 (62)
  14. Tuffy Gosewisch 3.50 (113)
  15. Brandon McCarthy 3.43 (542)***
  16. Jake Lamb 3.31 (115)
  17. Gerardo Parra 3.14 (122)
  18. Zeke Spruill 3.09 (89)
  19. Wade Miley 2.94 (122)
  20. Didi Gregorius 2.75 (106)
  21. Miguel Montero 2.67 (128)
  22. Mike Bolsinger 2.67 (117)
  23. Bronson Arroyo 2.63 (125)
  24. Matt Stites 2.56 (92)
  25. Will Harris 2.49 (61)
  26. Randall Delgado 2.25 (122)
  27. Martin Prado 2.16 (75)
  28. Aaron Hill 2.11 (91)
  29. Addison Reed 1.99 (114)
  30. Cody Ross 1.48 (105)
  31. Trevor Cahill 1.07 (147)