Doug Fister, RHP
Bats: RightThrows: RightHeight: 6-8Weight: 190Age: 26
2010 salary: $401,000
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2010 stats: 28 starts, 171 innings, 6-11 with a 4.11 ERA.
The feel-good story of the first eight weeks of the season, Fister allowed three runs or less in each of his first nine starts. In 10 no-decisions, he left the game with the lead seven times. “At his size, the downward plane of his pitches, some nights hitters don’t seem to pick him up and the ball is on them,” Tacoma manager Daren Brown said. “He’ll top out at 90, and still pitch with his fastball. He hits his spots and doesn’t worry about velocity.”
Placed on the disabled list in June with shoulder fatigue, Fister was 3-3 with a 2.46 ERA in his first 70 innings. After coming off the DL, he went 3-11 with a 5.24 ERA. “He’s a .500 pitcher, a fifth starter,” Tampa scout Roger Jongewaard said. “He throws strikes, he’s got good command, but he’s a little short.”
Summing up Fister’s 2010
Fister can’t overpower hitters and, without a dominant pitch, works to contact - and hitters batted .277 against him. Still, with his sinker and determination, he managed to avoid big innings the first two months of the season, did so less often the final 2 ½ months.
Looking to 2011
Fister is the incumbent starter most likely to get bumped from the rotation if - or when - rookie Michael Pineda makes the team. Fister is not without talent, but without a dominant pitch may always be on-the-bubble. “Doug knows what he can and can’t do.,” Brown said. “He’s got a good changeup, a sinker, and he doesn’t try to do more than he can. He makes a hitter beat him, and he’s a tough competitor.”