@michaelgbaron do you think the organization knows what to do with Familia?his road so far looks similar to Mejia and that hasnt worked— Mike Lopera (@Mike_L35) April 15, 2013
I think you answered your own question, Mike. Things can change, but it's pretty clear they have other arms in mind for the future of the starting rotation. Ultimately, if Familia is in the club's long-term plans, they see his value as guy who can miss bats and limit damage late in games, either as a closer or a short-reliever -- something like that would be a very valuable asset for them going forward.
Familia really only put together one good season as a starting pitcher above High-A St. Lucie, as he has generally struggled with his command in that role. He's mostly a fastball/slider pitcher with a herky-jerky delivery; Familia would be hard pressed to thrive as a starter with only two pitches in his arsenal, even if he could completely command those two pitches. Much like Jenrry Mejia, Familia expends a lot of energy per pitch. As a starting pitcher, that's hard to sustain, but could be just fine just letting it rip in a relief role. He has worked strictly as a reliever since Spring Training, and he's off to a good start in that role in Triple-A Las Vegas this year as well. As long as he's succeeding and is comfortable in that role, there's no reason to do anything other than to try and make him even better.
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