A report from Bleacher Report suggests that Jason Hammel, a 2000 South Kitsap graduate, is pitching at an All-Star level, but his best chance of getting on the roster is for other pitchers to drop out.
Here’s Andrew Gould’s full report on All-Star snubs from Bleacher Report. Here’s what he wrote about Hammel:
Assemble the NL’s crowd of big-name aces: Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Cole Hamels. Now throw in Gerrit Cole, Jacob deGrom, Jake Arrieta, Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller and Matt Harvey among the young studs with ERAs below 3.00 and Cy Young aspirations in the distance.
That makes it all the tougher for Jason Hammel to garner everyone’s attention.
The Chicago Cubs cleared their budget to snag Jon Lester during the offseason, but Hammel has been their best signing by a wide margin. The 32-year-old righty has notched a 2.57 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 3.09 fielding independent pitching (FIP).
Through 102.2 marvelous innings, he has registered 104 strikeouts and 18 walks. That gives him a 21.1 strikeouts-minus-walks percentage, which ranks third among qualified NL starters behind Scherzer and Kershaw.
NL K-BB % Leaders
Rank Player K-BB %
1 Max Scherzer, WAS 27.7
2 Clayton Kershaw, LAD 26.4
3 Jason Hammel, CHC 21.1
4 Jake Arrieta, CHC 20.9
5 Madison Bumgarner, SF 20.8
Yet a journeyman with a career 4.46 ERA doesn’t carry the buzz of an established stud or electric young hurler. While he’ll have a tough time cracking the original roster, keep in mind that several pitchers always back out of the game.