In this new series here at CST, we will be individually previewing each projected starting player on the 2015 Cleveland Indians’ team, culminating with a full season preview in mid-March. Now pitching, Marc Rzepczynski.
Rzepczynski is one of the more consistent relievers in the Indians’ bullpen, and he will likely be relied upon heavily once again this season. Last year, Rzepczynski pitched in 73 games, making him one of Terry Francona’s favorite relievers. The lefty specialist appeared in 73 games, but he only totaled 46 innings on the year. Most times, Rzepczynski was brought into the game as a spot reliever; only facing a few batters each outing. Last season’s success is promising, and Tribe fans will be expecting more of the same from him this year.
So far, Rzepczynski has an ERA of 1.23 in eight spring training appearances. Currently, Rzepczynski has done a good job of keeping a low run total, and has also done a good job of throwing strikes, as he’s only walked one batter in eight appearances.
The Indians’ bullpen will hope to continue its success this season – Rzepczynski will be a big part of that. If he can get the Tribe out of tough situations like he did last season, then he should have no trouble keeping his appearances high and his ERA low.
G IP BB W-L ERA
66 44.0 18 1-3 2.62