Wednesday, March 19, 2008

#62 - Ehren Wassermann

I would have to say, without question, the most successful player wearing number 62 would be Ehren Wassermann. The problem with this selection is that he only wore number 62 in 2007. In 2008, he switched his number to 43. Jack Egbert now wears number 62 in the Spring Training games. If Jack Egbert keeps this number and keeps up with his projections, he should easily take this number from Ehren when he is called up. Until then, it's all Ehren Wassermann.

Ehren is one of those types of players that I love. There isn't any direct comparison to his pitching style. The easiest comparison would be a submariner, but that doesn't tell the entire story. His delivery is similar to a sidearm pitcher, but there's something different about Ehren. I just can't put my finger on it.

He made his debut on July 20, 2007 at Fenway Park. Ehren faced two batters and retired them both. At the end of the 2007 season, he was the only lock for the bullpen besides Bobby Jenks. Ehren is still pitching effectively, but there may not be a place for him in the bullpen as the season starts.

Ehren is more of a specialist pitcher. The Sox are looking for a long man to complete the roster. Ehren may not break with the team to open the season, but his numbers are impressive enough to bring him up at any moment. He had a 2.74 ERA in 2007, with a 1-1 record. He also had 14 strikeouts in 23 innings.

He may not get the recognition that he should, but Ehren is one of the key guys in the Sox bullpen. Everyone has a role and Ehren excels at his specialist role. The Sox went crazy after the 2007 season and signed a good amount of high priced talent to fix the ailing bullpen. Ehren was one of the few components that wasn't broken last year.


McDoofus said...

Ehren is one of my favorites on the Sox. Regardless of whether he makes the team or not, I can see him being very successful. He does what the Sox need him to (get guys out), yet there's no place for him because Nick Masset is out of options (?). Why he's even competing for a bullpen spot is beyond me.

Steve Gierman said...

The way Nick Massett is getting hit, he may pitch himslef off of the team, regardless of his status. Ehren isn't suited for the role of long man. He's more of a specialist.

I'm sure he will be pitching with the parent club at some point this season. He's too good not to.

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