One of the most bizarre selections to make the roster I can recall. Bernero is a 28-year-old Californian who came up with the Tigers in 2000. He made 12 appearances, 4 starts, that season, and put up a 4.19 ERA, pretty good for the AL in 2000, but that’s the best year of his major league career. His ERAs since are 7.30, 6.20, 6.08 (at which stage the Tigers finally gave up and sent him to the Rockies), 5.97, and 5.57. He is getting better, I suppose, and at that rate would be an effective pitcher sometime around 2011.
Bernero was evidently brought in to fill out the Richmond starting rotation, but as a non-roster invitee pitched well out of the bullpen to start spring training, catching Bobby’s and Leo’s eyes. But late in spring he couldn’t get anyone out, and wound up with a 7.36 ERA. But first impressions.
Strikeout rate is mediocre, 5.68 K/9 for his career, and his control isn’t anything special, 1.68 BB/9. His fastball apparently tops off at 91 and is straight, meaning that at least he’ll be good for batting practice. Also throws a splitter, and I’m guessing that the Braves like him for the potential of getting ground balls. Personally, I’m sick of them trying to fill the bullpen with groundball pitchers. I want strikeouts!