Converting relievers to starters
More and more bullpen arms are being moved to the rotation with surprising success
Dennis Eckersley. Eric Gagne. Mariano Rivera. Most of the best closers of all time are converted starting pitchers. A so-so starter with one or two good pitches can become a 95 mph-throwing, ninth-inning terror when limited to 15 or 20 pitches a game.
But rarely does the transition go the other way. Only a handful of active starters have made the shift from long stints in the bullpen to the rotation, but there appears to be a trend toward trying relievers in rotations, and the Texas Rangers are blazing the trail. The question is: What kind of relievers are best-suited to switch to starting?
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