Baseball Crank
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May 2, 2003
BASEBALL: MacDougal Goes Wild

Well, the wheels have come off the Mike MacDougal bandwagon in a hurry after a few bad outings. I'm still kicking myself for not noticing MacDougal in the offseason; his velocity (100+ mph) and backstory (the fact that his control problems last season were partially attributed to the lingering effects of a freak skull fracture from Carlos Beltran throwing his bat into the dugout) made him a good candidate to way exceed, among other things, his Baseball Prospectus PECOTA forecast (which, on the basis of his statistical profile, projected MacDougal for a 9.52 ERA this season). If you got him cheap in a Roto league - or, if, like the Royals, you just plain got him cheap and hold his rights for a few years - there's major cause for encouragement. But we should not have expected him to turn into Billy Wagner or Troy Percival overnight. He'll have his moments, but a guy with 9 walks and 9 K in 12.2 IP is just not ready for that level of prime time dominance.

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