Van Tol standing pat with Hawks starting rotation
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The Hawks have lost four straight games, but first-year manager Gary Van Tol isn't going to make any changes to Boise's starting rotation...Yet.
James Pugliese and Paul Blackburn have been solid so far this season, but the back end of the rotation has struggled. Here's a look at the unit's statistics through Saturday's game:
James Pugliese (2-1 in five starts): 3.12 ERA, 26 IP, 24 H, 9 ER, 22 SO
Paul Blackburn (0-1 in four starts): 1.00 ERA, 18 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 20 SO
Duane Underwood (0-1 in four starts): 6.75 ERA, 17.1 IP, 20 H, 13 ER, 13 SO
Loiger Padron (0-2 in four starts): 7.63 ERA, 15.1 IP, 19 H, 13 ER, 11 SO
Trey Lang (0-2 in four starts): 11.37 ERA, 12.2 IP, 17 H, 16 ER, 13 SO
An influx of new arms, including three 2013 draft picks (Scott Frazier, Trey Masek, and Rob Zastryzny), provide Van Tol options to try a new starter or two, should the Hawks continue to struggle. Van Tol said he would re-evaluate the rotation on a week-to-week basis, but won't make an adjustment until the newcomers have a chance to get settled in Boise.
"The new guys coming in out of the draft- they haven't been doing a whole lot of throwing," explained Van Tol. "When new pitchers come in, we start them in the bullpen and they're going to pitch one or two innings max every three days. We'll stretch them out accordingly, but right now we don't have the luxury of having any other options because of where their arms are at."
Chicago Cubs 2013 second-round pick Rob Zastryzny seems to be the most likely candidate to join the starting rotation at some point this season. He was a three-year starter at the University of Missouri, throwing nearly 300 innings and maintaining an ERA of 3.38 in his senior season.
"They mentioned to me that I'm going to start out of the pen," said Zastryzny on Saturday. "I think I've got two one-inning appearances and then two two-innings, and then they're going to start working me as a starter."