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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Now Applying For Atlanta LOOGY...

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right
Throws: Left
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210 lbs.
2009 Age: 28

Ridgway, obtained in a trade with the Tampa Bay that sent Willy Aybar and Chase Fontaine to the Rays, is in line to compete for a spot in the Braves bullpen.

Braves fans may associate him with the 189.00 ERA (2 ERA+) he posted in 1/3 inning with the Devil Rays in 2007. They may also lament the fact that Aybar became a valuable bench player to the Rays in their march to the AL pennant last season.

Ridgway is an overhand-motion lefty with a deceptive delivery; he hides the ball well against left-handers.

UBER-SUPER-DUPER-EXTREMELY UNLUCKY: Ridgway sported a 5.47 ERA in 52 2/3 innings. However, for his time in Richmond, his FIP was 3.34 and his BABIP was .418. This indicates that Jeff was very unlucky when he pitched. It's a safe bet to assume that his 5.47 ERA is not normal production from him.

KEEPING IT ON THE GROUND: Against left-handers, Ridgway induced ground balls more than 60% of the time.

My Outlook: Ridgway has a battle for the lefty specialist job lined up in spring. He has a very strong chance to beat out Boone Logan and Eric O'Flaherty for the job. If he does get the job, Braves fans will be quick to forget about the LOOGY woes from last year.

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