Armando Almanza

Often confused for Alfonseca, with whom he pitched for three years in Florida, which is why I put him here. It really is true, what they say: you can pitch forever without pitching well as long as you’re lefthanded. Almanza spent five years with the Marlins. In his first season, he had a super callup campaign, putting up a 1.72 ERA in 15 2/3 IP. For the last four years, he never had an ERA+ better than 92 (eight percent below average) or an unadjusted ERA better than 3.99. Last year he was so bad that the future Champs got rid of him in mid-August; he didn’t pitch after Aug. 19, finishing the season with a 6.08 ERA.

Almanza gives up lots of homers — about one every five innings the last three seasons. He doesn’t have very good control — about 4.5 walks per nine. He does have a good strikeout rate and sometimes gets ground balls. That last is likely to give him lots of opportunities with the Braves.

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2 thoughts on “Armando Almanza”

  1. Maybe it’s just because I enjoy saying his name, but I’ve always liked Almanza and I was glad when the Braves signed him. He’s always had great stuff, if Leo can help him control it at all I think there is a chance he could be an asset. He doesn’t have a large platoon split and is a fly ball pitcher so he would be miscast as a LOOGY. Hopefully Bobby will realize this and use him for full innings, instead of letting Alfonseca find trouble and then bringing him in to face Bobby Abreu.

    If things go well I plan to start calling him Manny Manza sometime in April, followed by the inevidable shorting of it to Man-Man sometime after the All-Star break. Let’s hope he makes it that far.

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