Tag:Jeff Suppan
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:27 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 6:53 pm

Minor signings: Branyan, Suppan find homes

By Matt Snyder

We're coming up on the start of spring training, so these last several days will see plenty of minor-league signings. Wednesday, veteran pitcher Jeff Suppan and veteran slugger Russell Branyan were signed. The Yankees inked Branyan to a minor-league deal while the Padres locked up Suppan with a minor-league deal of their own.


Branyan, 36, will get $750,000 plus incentives if he makes the team, reports CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, and could prove to be a pretty interesting signing for the Yankees. He's left-handed and has good power. He hit 31 homers in 116 games for the Mariners in 2009 and then hit 25 bombs in 428 plate appearances in 2010. Now, last season Branyan hit just .197/.295/.370 for the Diamondbacks and Angels. Still, with the short porch in right field and the Yankees having a possible need at DH (Andruw Jones is probably the best bet to get most DH at-bats right now), this has a shot at paying off. Then again, if the Yankees sign Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon or Raul Ibanez, Branyan's chances of making the club plummet.

Suppan, 37, will get $950,000 if he makes the Padres, per Heyman. Suppan spent the entire 2011 season in Triple-A, going 11-8 with a 4.78 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 165 2/3 innings. He last pitched in the majors in 2010, where he split time between the Brewers and Cardinals. He hasn't really been a productive pitcher since 2006. The good news for the Padres is he's simply organizational depth. Tim Stauffer, Clayton Richard, Edinson Volquez, Cory Luebke and Dustin Moseley appear to be the rotation with Micah Owings next in line.

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Posted on: April 24, 2011 4:24 pm

Greinke can't finish 3 innings in minors

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Zack GreinkeBefore Sunday's game against the Astros, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said the Brewers wouldn't rush Zack Greinke's return to the Brewers.

Hours later, he showed why, struggling a little against the Royals' Triple-A affiliate in a start for the Nashville Sounds.

Greinke went 2 2/3 innings, allowed three hits and two runs, walking one and striking out two. He finished with 54 pitches, 32 strikes.

It was Greinke's second minor-league rehab outing. He threw 35 pitches in three innings at Class A Brevard County on Tuesday. He is scheduled to make another start for Nashville on Friday.

Roenicke said Greinke wasn't pressing the team to get back sooner than the first week in May.

"Not any more," Roenicke told Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He was. To bring back Zack a week earlier or five days earlier and really not have his arm strength, it makes no sense to me. We need this guy for the long haul.

"When he's back here, I want him to be solid for the rest of the season, hopefully getting us into the playoffs. That's when I want him good."

Greinke retired the first five batters he faced on Sunday before giving up a double to Lance Zawadzki in the second and walking Gregor Blanco, but struck out Irving Falu to end the inning. In the third, he allowed back-to-back triples, including one to center fielder Lorenzo Cain, one of the players the Brewers gave up to get Greinke. Greinke was relieved after Eric Hosmer's sacrifice fly.

Former Brewer Jeff Suppan started for the Storm Chasers.

While Greinke is still a few starts away, the Brewers expect to get right fielder Corey Hart back as soon as Tuesday. Hart is scheduled to play all nine innings for the Sounds on Monday and then could return either Tuesday or Wednesday.

"We'll see how [Monday] goes," Roenicke told MLB.com. "If his at-bats are good and he feels his timing is there, we may try to do something."

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Posted on: April 4, 2011 10:52 am

Suppan back with Royals

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jeff SuppanJeff Suppan is a Royal again. Or, at least in the Royals farm system, as the right-hander signed a minor-league contract with Kansas City.

Suppan, 36, was released by the Giants after spring training, where he had a 5.50 ERA in six Cactus League games. He pitched for the Brewers and Cardinals last season.

A Royal from 1998-2002, Suppan was 39-51 in 138 games in Kansas City. He served as the Royals' opening day starter three times in that span.

Suppan will be assigned to Triple-A Omaha, where he will be an insurance policy for the Royals and also serve as a mentor for the Royals' young pitchers in the minors.

"We've got young pitchers there that could benefit from his experience and obviously [Royals manager] Ned [Yost] has a comfort level with him," Royals general manager Dayton Moore told MLB.com.

Suppan has played parts of 16 seasons in the big leagues with the Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Royals, Pirates, Cardinals and Brewers. He has a career 138-143 record with 4.69 ERA.

Suppan was with the Brewers from 2007 until last season, and overlapped with Yost's time at the helm in Milwaukee. The Brewers released him last summer and he signed with the Cardinals, finishing the season 3-6 with a 3.84 ERA in St. Louis in 13 starts.

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Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:23 pm

Giants sign Suppan to minor-league deal

Jeff Suppan Last year early in the season I'm walking into Great American Ball Park for a Brewers-Reds game and the guy behind me getting his bag looked at is pitcher Jeff Suppan.

As we're walking together at the same speed, I decide to break the awkwardness and asked about the team's trip -- it was a two-game stint in Cincinnati and this was before the Tuesday day game. Anyway, we started talking, and he was asking me about my job and career path and newspapers in general.

Suppan said he worked at a newspaper in high school for one night -- he came in to answer phones from high school games. He said he was amazed and overwhelmed with the task and had a respect for those doing it and doing it well. It turns out, he got the job because his friend's dad was the sports editor. It turns out, that high school friend is a friend of mine, and we ended up talking about Kevin and his young son and all sorts of things.

It was just a really nice 10-minute conversation with a guy who is a real pro, but by all other accounts just a really good dude.

Anyway, the point is it looks as if Suppan will sign a minor-league contract with a big-league invite to spring training with the Giants (according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News on Twitter ).

Suppan was 3-8 last season with a 5.06 ERA with the Brewers and Cardinals last season. The Brewers released him in June, and he then made 13 starts for the Cardinals, going 3-6 with a 3.84 ERA in St. Louis.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 3:50 pm

Garcia may pitch again this season

Jaime Garcia Jaime Garcia isn't shut down -- but he's just not pitching this week.

Jeff Suppan will start in Garcia's place on Thursday, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa told reporters (via MLB.com ), but the left-hander could pitch in the final week of the season.

"There's a couple of places next week where he could fit in," La Russa said on Monday.

Garcia said he was tired, having thrown 163 1/3 innings, but he still wanted to pitch.

"I'm not going to lie to you, I was feeling a little tired," Garcia said. "But that was just like everybody else. Nobody was feeling 100 percent like you do in spring training."

Last week the Cardinals announced they were shutting Garcia down for the season, only to reverse course later that day when Garcia talked his way back into consideration for another start.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 1:17 am

Lohse roughed up in Double-A

Kyle Lohse Don't pay attention to the results or what you saw, listen to Kyle Lohse -- he pitched well. He did what he wanted.

Sure, his line in rehab start at Double-A Springfield wasn't pretty -- five innings pitched, 12 hits, five runs, four strikeouts and no walks, but Lohse had plenty of excuses for FOXSportsMidwest.com's B.J. Raines :
“I feel like if I wanted to go out there and just throw sliders and changeups it would have been completely different” Lohse said. “It’s just one of those things where I want to work on the things that will make me successful when I come back and not just put up good numbers to impress everybody here.

“It was tough. It was one of those times where if you asked me after the last time, I felt like my stuff was ready. I’m just kind of in between right now. I felt some of the things they were hitting, I didn’t think they had any business hitting. The other ones, you fall behind in the count and that’s what’s going to happen.”

In addition to saying he was working on certain pitches in situations that he might not normally do in a big league game, Lohse complained that the balls being used weren’t the same as those in Major League games. Lohse said the seams on the balls were tighter than those he was used to throwing with and that he wished he had brought Major League balls from St. Louis with him.

“They just aren’t the same,” Lohse said. “It’s just one of those things I should have thought about beforehand. They are tighter. It’s a different ball, a completely different ball.”
Lohse is scheduled to start Aug. 13 against the Cubs in St. Louis in place of Jeff Suppan, but the results from his third rehab start may give the Cardianls pause.

Lohse is in the second year of a four-year, $41 million deal and hasn't pitched since May 22. He underwent surgery on his forearm on May 28. In two starts at Triple-A Memphis, Lohse has thrown seven innings and allowed four runs on six hits.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 14, 2010 6:43 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:28 am

Cardinals sign Jeff Suppan

Jeff Suppan The Cardinals signed Jeff Suppan to a contract on Monday with the intent of having the right-hander enter the rotation for Tuesday's game against the Mariners.

The Cardinals are responsible for just the pro-rated major-league minimum salary, while the Brewers will pay the remaining balance on Suppan's 2010 salary of $12.5 million.

Suppan was a member of the Cardinals from 2004-06 and was influential in getting the Cardinals a World Series victory in 2006, starting four games in the postseason and posting a 2.49 ERA.

Suppan departed St. Louis after getting a ring and signed a four-year, $42 million pact with Milwaukee. Despite markedly similar peripherals to his time in St. Louis, Suppan was nothing short of a disaster for the Brew Crew.

While his debut season was in line with his previous years, his 2007-10 numbers combined for an ugly 5.35 ERA.

Suppan will rejoin a team that has Dave Duncan as its pitching coach. Duncan, of course, is known as one of the best pitching coaches in the game with an uncanny knack for taking struggling pitchers and turning them into solid players. Recent disciples include Joel Pineiro, Brad Penny and Kyle Lohse.

However, if Suppan turns it around in his second go-round in Cardinals red, it will have more to do with a regression to the mean than any magic Duncan can craft.

Suppan's 7.84 ERA on the season with 13 relief appearances and two starts is curious given his strikeout, walk and home run numbers are not out of the norm of seasons past. What is out of the norm is his batting average on balls in play (BABIP), strand rate and groundball percentage.

A pitcher -- whether one of the best in the game or the worst -- gives up, on average, .300 average on balls in play. Suppan's mark is at .399, indicating that more balls are finding gaps where they shouldn't be. In addition, Suppan has stranded only 59.2 percent of runners on base, compared with a 70.4 percent mark for his career -- which is around league average. Lastly, Suppan has induced just 37.5 percent groundballs on the season, way off his 45.9 percent career mark.

While some part of his BABIP and decrease in groundball percentage can be attributed to being easier to hit, not all of it can. After all, his K/BB ratio is the best it's been since 2007. It's no surprise, then, that his xFIP rests at 5.05. That doesn't make Suppan a fantastic pitcher, but it does mean that his current ERA is well over and beyond what he's actually produced and a regression (in this case, a good thing) can be counted on.

Suppan may have yet to learn some things from Dave Duncan, but for a back-of-the-rotation starter, Suppan already fits the bill just fine.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 13, 2010 5:16 pm

Cardinals may go to four-man rotation

The Cardinals may go to a four-man rotation for at least the upcoming week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold writes , after Jeff Suppan joins the team on Monday.

The Cardinals will make a move Monday to add Suppan to the roster and the veteran right-hander will start Tuesday against the Mariners. St. Louis has an off day on Thursday and another one next Monday, so they could go with four starters and eight relievers for the time-being. Adam Wainwright starts Monday, Suppan goes Tuesday, rookie Jaime Garcia pitches on Wednesday and then the off day would allowed Chris Carpenter to pitch on normal rest Friday against Oakland, followed then by Wainwright and Suppan to finish the series before another off day.

The move would allow the Cardinals to return Adam Ottavino to the Triple-A rotation. Ottavino allowed six runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings on Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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