After posting a career 6-25 record over 65 appearances (34 starts) with a 5.93 ERA over 223 IP with the Astros and Rockies, Felipe Paulino has finally found himself. At 27, he was “purchased” by the Royals on May 26th and has pitched tremendously. He is 1-2 in 8 appearances (7 starts) with a 3.38 ERA over 48 IP and a 45/12 K/BB. His current splits are so far below his career averages that it is hard to not look two or three times at them. Compare his current to career stats:
ERA: Current 3.38; Career 5.48
WHIP: Current 1.271; Career 1.565
H/9: Current 9.2; Career 10.5
K/BB: Current 3.75; Career 2.26
If he keeps up his current rates, he will be quite a useful and effective pitcher for the Royals and fantasy teams alike. He has always had good stuff, a mid-90’s fastball and a mid-80’s slider, but his curve and change have been more useful since moving over to the American League. Keep an eye on this guy. He may not be a long-term solution for the Royals with all of their young starting pitchers on the rise, but he could finally have figured it all out this season in Kansas City.