Who should be the second Lefty?

T Hamulack++0+0++3.00++3++3.0++1+1+1++0+++0++0+4
N Bierbrodt +0+0++13.50++2++2.0++4+3+3++0+++2++1+2
P Seibel++++0+0++0.00++1++2.0++0++0+0++0+++0++0+3
B Jones++++0+0++0.00++1++1.0++0++0+0++0+++0++0+1
E Yarnall++++0+0++36.00+1++1.0++4+4+4++2+++0++2+2
M Malaska+++0+0++9.00++1++1.0++2+1+1++0+++0++1+0
D McCarty+++0+0++0.00++1++0.2++2+0+0++0+++0++0+0
L DiNardo +++0+0++0.00++0++0.0++0+0+0++0+++0++0+0
DiNardo, Bierbrodt, Yarnall
Hamulack, Seibel, Jones, Malaska, McCarty
Hamulack, 28, has yet to reach the majors. Last year, he played for three teams, two in the Seattle organization. He dominated in their AA league, earning a promotion to AAA Tacoma where he had a 3.86 ERA in 14 innings of work. He signed with the Boston Red Sox and in 16 innings, had a 2.20 ERA in Puerto Rico. He is in the Red Sox camp attempting to make the team as a lefty reliever, which is one of the battles of the camp – the other being the final position spot (Crespo, McCarty, Daubach, and Womack lead the candidates). Hamulack is 6’4″, one inch below McCarty, so McCarty cannot advertise his height in a battle with Hamulack. Hamulack has pitched the most out of the corps, logging a 3.00 ERA with 4 K’s and one walk to go with one hit. He is a finalist.
Seibel, who can start a game, will be the tender age of 25 and was taken from the Mets organization. He will most likely start at AAA in hopes he can have a slam-dunk year and become a lefty starter down the road. The general consensus, however, is he will have a career as a lefty reliever. Seibel pitched well last year, but struggled in his AAA showing, where he played in 11 games, 5 of those starts (17 starts for Binghampton). His track record, other than his AAA debacle, is solid. However, he must prove his mettle at AAA, so will start there.
Bobby M Jones has the most experience of them all, logging six major league seasons, becoming a reliever after 1999, when he left Colorado as a failed starter. In 2002, he struggled for both the Padres and the Mets. In 2003, he played for the AAA Braves and Royals, logging sub-4.00 ERAs as a reliever. He has pitched one perfect inning and could be the choice, based on his experience and his year last year.
However, Mark Malaska, taken from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays roster via waivers, is pushing hard. He had a 2.81 ERA in 16 IP for the Rays, with 17 K’s – but 12 walks. Malaska enters this year at 26, with an affinity for pitching well in the minors with strikeouts, and his track record with walks is solid. It could be chalked up due to nervousness at pitching in the majors. He should settle down – but then again, it’s Boston. If not for the walks and questions about psyche, he’d be the clear choice.
David McCarty is a hitter by trade, hitting .407 for Boston last year (but only .240/.301 OBP for career). He is trying to make the club as both a bench player and a pitcher. His pitching seems encouraging. He is a slow pitcher but appears to be spotting the pitches well and making his pitches. He still has to grow pitching-wise, and I don’t think he really has any shot to make this team – especially with Daubach impressing. If they can convince McCarty to go to AAA, they will send him there and have him hone his craft. He should be a top candidate for a call-up, and almost certainly would be packaged in a trade to an NL club later this year.
My choice to make the team out of camp is Bobby M. Jones. After we see how Jones does in games, if he fails, we can bring Malaska up.

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