“True or false: Brandon Maurer is crafting a successful start to his major league career.
While his slippery outing in Cleveland and a 5.75 earned run average spells disaster, Maurer’s struggles come with more upside than is readily apparent. Against a predominantly left-handed lineup, he fanned six of 24 batters — two lefties, two switch-hitters — and scattered four walks and five hits in six innings pitched.
Over eight starts, the 22-year-old has bounced back from several tough outings, including a 4-3 nail-biter against the Texas Rangers — though, to be fair, it was a passed ball by Jesus Montero that gave the Rangers a lead, and an RBI single by the same Montero that took the lead away. Last month, Maurer commanded the attention of the Los Angeles Angels with six scoreless frames, striking out six and giving up a single walk in his sharpest appearance of the year.
Manager Eric Wedge doesn’t appear to be ruffled by the rookie’s ups and downs — if anything, he’s applauded Maurer’s ability to bounce back from tumultuous performances. No matter how rough things get at Safeco Field, there are three more pitching prospects ready for their spot in The Show.”
Full post at Prospect Insider here.