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« Ohlendorf's Changeup | Main | Taking Sliders »

Ross Ohlendorf Wins Arbitration Hearing

Ross Ohlendorf (1-11, 4.07 ERA) won his arbitration hearing with the Pirates this week and will make $2.025 million in the coming season.

Ohlendorf was right at league average in most categories for 2010, no more so than his 100 ERA+. His HR/FB ratio, however, dopped about 3% to 6.3% last season. For a fly ball pitcher (career 41.7%), this is likely unsustainable. And given that his FB% has increased every year, a HR/FB regression to league average could do some heavy damage to his ERA next season.
His slider, however, was well above league average in opponent batting average and SLG% in 2010. The in play SLG% on his slider also ranked 7th in all of baseball. The Pirates are sure hoping he can build on this success while winning more than one game this season.

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