Second Candidate: Zach McAllister.
Zach McAllister had a strong 2013 season, but his 2014 season was not what we hoped for. McAllister pitched very well in 2013, going 9-9 with a 3.75 ERA. Not great, but not bad either. His 2013 performance was enough to earn himself a spot in the 2014 rotation, and everyone was wondering if he would be able to pitch as well as he did in 2013.
Unfortunately for McAllister, his 2014 season did not go as planned, as he finished with a record of 4-7 to go along with a 5.23 ERA. He actually had a solid start to the year, winning three out of his first four starts. However, his ERA in the month of May was an abysmal 10.67, headlined by a start in which he gave up 8 runs in only one and a third innings of work.
McAllister was also sidelined for almost two months due to injury, but he still regained his spot in the rotation when he returned. But, the month of August wasn’t much better for the hard-throwing righty, and he eventually found himself coming out of the bullpen for the last few weeks of the season. McAllister did pitch well from the bullpen; in fact, he did not allow a run in 5 appearances. He looked great out of the bullpen for the short time he was there, and I think he will resume that role when the season begins. With a fastball that can touch 99 mph some days, he would be a great pitcher to bring in for an inning or two to throw the hitters off. McAllister, like Tomlin, will likely get a start here-and-there, but he is best suited for a bullpen role.