Jerad Eickhoff looked like a reliable starter after his first season and a half in Philadelphia. Then the wheels fell off in 2016.
In the coming days, we’re going to recap every player who spent a part of 2017 with the Philadelphia Phillies. The previous post looked at shortstop J.P Crawford. We even have a landing post with a link to each player’s season.
His first full season numbers were never going to be as good as his brief 2015 cameo. But they weren’t far off. Notice that his strikeout and home run numbers actually improved from 2016 to 2017. But his walks went in a terrible direction, almost doubling. A look at is ratios really puts in stark contrast how most of his numbers were very similar, other than walks, but one other area will also shine through. We’ll look at that in a moment.
Now for that other area. GO back to that batting average on balls in play. That .331 mark is way above his previous numbers. It stands to reason those numbers could come down. I’m still a fan of Eickhoff. The Phillies are looking to make a jump in the standings next year. If Eickhoff can return to form with his walks allowed and the batting average on balls in play, the Phillies would gladly welcome the results.