Skip to content

Mat Latos’ innings will not be limited this season

Feb 13, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks Getty Images

The Padres are ready to turn Mat Latos loose.

Completely.

The 23-year-old right-hander posted a stellar 2.92 ERA and 1.08 WHIP across 31 starts last season as a big league sophomore, striking out 189 batters and walking only 50.

His strikeout total might have been even higher and his rate stats might have fallen even further, but the Padres played it safe in September and October, finding extra pockets of rest between starts for him down the stretch and keeping his pitch counts low. He made only one start of six innings or more after September 7.

That will all change this year.

Padres manager Bud Black told Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune on Saturday that Latos will not be limited in any way this season. At least, not by the San Diego coaching staff.

“Not to the point that there were last year, when it was a topic from the first day of spring training,” said the skipper. “There will be no hard numbers in regards to his innings pitched.”

In the recently launched Rotoworld Fantasy Draft Guide, we have Latos winning 13 games against a 3.15 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 185 strikeouts. Check out the Draft Guide for over 1,000 more profiles and projections.

  1. b7p19 - Feb 13, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    You are highly underestimating the kid.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

This was 'the perfect baseball game'
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. S. Kazmir (4937)
  2. K. Uehara (4165)
  3. T. Wood (3636)
  4. G. Springer (3360)
  5. J. Kubel (3271)
  1. M. Machado (3045)
  2. T. Walker (2955)
  3. D. Pedroia (2925)
  4. H. Rondon (2923)
  5. I. Nova (2859)