Todd Wellemeyer reports to Giants camp hoping to return to 2008 form. Thus far it’s been a success and while Madison Bumgarner, 20, is currently listed as the teams fifth starter his stats this spring have done nothing to etch that into stone.
Two years ago Wellemeyer, 31, won 13 games for the St. Louis Cardinals with a 3.71 ERA. Wellemeyer stands to earn up to $1.5 million should he win the spot as the teams fifth starter.
Thus farn the right hander has allowed 2 runs and 10 hits over 9 innings of work. Not known for being a strike out artist he’s amassed just one K but has also allowed just one walk.
While spring numbers can be hard to read due to the sample size and the questionable talent of the opposition there’s another thing working in Wellemeyers favor this spring.
Team officials see Wellemeyer as a potential long reliever if he does not win a rotation spot, but he wants to start. He said his contract includes a clause that requires the Giants to tell him by a certain date toward the end of spring training what his role will be. If he does not like what he hears, he can opt out and sign with another team.
With that card in hand Wellemeyer almost certainly fits into the Giants plans for 2010 in some capacity. While it’s looking like it may be as the fifth starter I don’t know how much interest there would be in Wellemeyer by other clubs as an end of the rotation option should he opt out of his contract just before the season starts but it’s likely someone would pick him up should he keep up his current line.
Wellemeyer probably isn’t the be all end all solution for the Giants but we’re talking about the fifth starter here so he doesn’t have to be. He simply needs to go out every fifth day give the club five to six innings, not be a bullpen killer and hopefully he keeps them in the game.
In seven professional seasons he’s 29-29 with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP in 195 games including 64 starts.
|53 Denny Bautista||R/R||6-5||190||08/23/80|
|46 Santiago Casilla||R/R||6-0||200||07/25/80|
|63 Craig Clark||L/L||6-2||200||07/09/84|
|64 Rafael Cova||R/R||6-2||175||03/05/82|
|65 Steve Edlefsen||S/R||6-2||180||06/27/85|
|66 Eric Hacker||S/R||6-1||210||03/26/83|
|56 Osiris Matos||R/R||6-1||200||08/06/84|
|59 Guillermo Mota||R/R||6-5||235||07/25/73|
|51 Tony Pena||R/R||6-2||180||03/23/81|
|70 Felix Romero||R/R||6-2||200||06/18/80|
|71 Clayton Tanner||R/L||6-1||200||12/05/87|
|71 Daniel Turpen||R/R||6-4||230||08/17/86|
|37 Todd Wellemeyer||R/R||6-3||225||08/30/78|
|74 Craig Whitaker||R/R||6-4||210||11/19/84|
|32 Steve Holm||R/R||6-0||205||10/21/79|
|76 Johnny Monell||L/R||5-11||205||03/27/86|
|77 Hector Sanchez||S/R||6-0||185||11/17/89|
|73 Jackson Williams||R/R||5-11||200||05/14/86|
|78 Ehire Adrianza||S/R||6-1||165||08/21/89|
|79 Brandon Crawford||L/R||6-2||200||01/21/87|
|84 Jesus Guzman||R/R||6-1||215||06/14/84|
|80 Nick Noonan||L/R||6-0||180||05/04/89|
|81 Wendell Fairley||L/R||6-2||195||03/17/88|
|82 Roger Kieschnick||L/R||6-3||215||01/21/87|
|83 Thomas Neal||R/R||6-1||225||08/17/87|