Earlier this week, the Braves signed reliever David Aardsma. Freshly released from the Dodgers, the right hander was sent to Gwinnett to audition for the “big league” bullpen. It only took the wily veteran 12 pitches to dazzle his superiors, and he was called up to Atlanta this morning. The simple fact is that the Braves bullpen is the worst in the league right now and are in desperate need of help. What kind of help can Aardsma be? To answer that question, here are some quick facts about the Braves new addition.
– Aardsma has not thrown in the major leagues since 2013, so he is well rested.
– He is 33 years old. Which is usually the peak year for relief pitchers.
– In 2012, Aardsma played for the Yankees; a very well-respected organization with a lot of history (They’ve won 27 World Series Championships).
– With the Yankees, Aardsma was extremely efficient. He only pitched 1 inning, but recorded 1 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 1 FB, and 1 GB.
– The 6’3″ righty can throw a fastball 90 MPH! That’s even faster than Greg Maddux!
– The Aardsma Arsenal includes a slider and a splitter and he uses both very rarely. Batters will not expect them.
– His name is almost always first in alphabetically ordered lists.
– His career ERA of 4.23 combined with the 1 WAR he has amassed over 8 years shows that Aardsma is especially adept at sticking around despite the odds against him.
– David Aardsma is already one of the team’s better bullpen options.