By Jason Shetler
The Pirates made perhaps one of the most underrated trade acquisitions last offseason when they obtained Arquimedes Caminero from the Miami Marlins in exchange for cash. The flamethrowing righty had an impressive showing in Spring Training, and made the Pirates Opening Day roster. Outside of a rough month of July, Caminero pitched very well in his first season in Pittsburgh. Since his time with the Marlins was brief, I’m going to combine his 2013 and 2014 numbers with them while comparing his stats with the Pirates last season.
2013-2014 (Marlins): 5.49 ERA, 72 ERA+, 4.91 FIP, 1.27 WHIP, 3.2 BB/9, 9.2 K/9 in 19 appearances
2015 (Pirates): 3.62 ERA, 107 ERA+, 3.80 FIP, 1.23 WHIP, 3.5 BB/9, 8.8 K/9 in 73 appearances
2016 (FanGraphs): 3.35 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 3.3 BB/9, 9.6 K/9 in 67 appearances
During his time in Miami, Caminero was well below league average before coming over to the Pirates. His ERA+ in 2015 made him an above average reliever. Caminero’s Fielding Independent Pitching was higher than the ERA, but not to the point where he was getting plenty of luck on his side. The fastball velocity for Caminero really stood out last year, as he averaged 97.8 mph, which was the second highest rate among relievers behind only Aroldis Chapman (99.4 mph). The 2016 FanGraphs projection has Caminero posting a lower ERA, as well as a better strikeout ratio.