What to expect from new pitcher Peacock

What to expect from new pitcher Peacock
February 6, 2013, 10:00 am
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When Bo Porter gets the whole team together for the first time at Spring Training, he’s going to look out and see mostly new faces.

And at least one familiar one.

Even if Porter wasn’t a first-year manager, he probably wouldn’t know most of the players on this team. The Astros turned over half of their roster from their 40-man last season.

But Porter will know Brad Peacock, who the Astros got along with Chris Carter and Max Stassi in the Jed Lowrie trade. Porter was the third-base coach when Peacock was in the Nationals’ system and when Peacock was brought up briefly in 2011.

“That was obviously something that definitely came into the equation,” Porter said when asked about the role his knowing Peacock played in the trade. “It was good for me to be Washington when he came up in 2011 and I watched this guy go through the Phillies’ lineup pretty effectively when he came up in September.

“I think he was 13-3 in Triple-A (he went 15-3 between Double and Triple-A) and was 2-0 in the big leagues. He went to Oakland in the Gio Gonzalez trade. I had an opportunity to meet him that September. He was a very poised and confident pitcher. I think he was a good piece to get back.”

Peacock, 25, spent his 2012 with Triple-A Sacramento, where he posted a 12-9 record with 139 strikeouts in 134.2 innings. He appeared in three games with the Nationals in 2011 and went 2-0 (two starts) with a 0.75 ERA. He allowed seven hits for .167 opponent batting average. Luhnow said the organization sees Peacock as a middle- to top-of-the-rotation starter in coming years.  

Peacock will be one of the guys fighting for a spot in the rotation during Spring Training. Lucas Harrell and Bud Norris will be battling to start Opening Day and Jordan Lyles is a lock, while Philip Humber, Erik Bedard, Alex White, John Ely, Dallas Keuchel, Jarred Cosart, Edgar Gonzalez and Peacock fight for jobs at the back end of the rotation. It’s crowded but Peacock will have a chance to earn a job.

“Bo’s a big fan of Peacock,” Luhnow said. “He’s a guy with a big arm. He was an infielder in high school and turned pitcher and he’s going to be special.”

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