Gallardo really hasn't had that monster year yet that his raw ability suggests he's capable of. That's not meant to disparage his two 200-strikeout seasons in any way, it's just that we get the feeling there's a little more untapped potential in him. That said, he certainly pitched well enough to post better numbers in the non-strikeout categories last season, but some poor luck and below-average team defense did him no favors. The 25-year-old right-hander was able to lower his walk rate from 4.6 to 3.7 batters per nine innings while still managing to keep his whiff rate above a batter per inning. While we'd still like to see that walk rate a little lower, which also might address his propensity to run up his pitch counts, at least there was some progression.
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