Regarding Jay Buente | The Process Report

Regarding Jay Buente

Florida planned to have Josh Johnson start Sunday’s game, but has since placed him on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury. In Johnson’s place, the Marlins have purchased the contract of right-hander Jay Buente.

Buente made his major league debut in 2010 as he worked in eight games out of the bullpen. There isn’t much to extrapolate from eight games worth of stats, but Buente’s PITCHf/x data tends to mesh with the various scouting reports about him. His fastball will sit in the low-90s, but can zoom into the 94-or-95 MPH range when necessary. The prized possession of Buente’s arsenal is a split-fingered fastball that lends itself to perennially heavy groundball rates.

Even with the splitter, the University of Purdue product isn’t much of a prospect. You couldn’t tell by looking at Buente’s peripherals, though, as he has struck out 44 batters in 41 2/3 innings pitched this season while only walking 10 and allowing one home run. Buente has spent some time at Triple-A before and the strikeout numbers have always been there; the difference this season is that he has halved his previous walk rates.

Buente may shut the Rays down too—anything can happen in a single game—but you have to feel better about Tampa Bay’s odds of hitting (and defeating) him than Johnson.

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