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 team season preview on opening day. Now pitching: TJ House.
2014 Stats: 5-3, 3.35 ERA, 80 SO, 22 BB
TJ House came out of relatively nowhere to post a solid season for the Tribe in his first year in the MLB. House was called up to the big leagues for some rotation depth, but he soon became a regular member of the starting staff.
He got better as he progressed through the season, peaking in the last month of the season. In his last five appearances, House gave up just five earned runs while averaging a little over six innings per start.
House is not a guy with nasty junk pitches or blazing heat, but he simply knows how to pitch. He is an accurate pitcher who is not prone to giving up very many walks. He allowed just two free passes over his last six appearances.
TJ House enters his first full season in the big leagues as the fifth member of Terry Francona’s pitching staff.
Still 25 years old, House has some great room for improvement, but doesn’t have much room for mistakes. He is far from an established starter at the MLB level, and with Danny Salazar waiting in the ranks at AAA Columbus, House might find himself on a bit of a short leash in 2015. However, this is nothing new to the young pitcher, who experienced a similar situation last summer.
House won his job with an iffy spring training performance, going 2-2 with a 5.70 ERA.
2015 Projected Stats: 9-8, 4.02 ERA, 160 SO
While House’s approach got him by on the big stage last season, I’m not so sure how his stuff will hold up for a full season.
Much of his pitching approach is built around location, and with the advanced scouting reports of today’s game, the teams around the league will likely catch on.
Of course, you don’t need great stuff to be a solid MLB starter (prime example: Mark Buehrle), and House proved that towards the tail end of last year.
Either way, House will get his fair shot at being a full-time member of the rotation, and at 25 years old he might finally be experienced enough to do it.
By Jay Cannon