After giving up a first-inning home run to MVP candidate Mike Trout, one of the Oakland Athletics’ many young starting pitchers A.J. Griffin absolutely shut down the Los Angeles Angels. In just another of many quality starts in 2013, Griffin’s one-hit six innings against the Angels on Wednesday afternoon is just a reminder that he is a valuable asset to any ballclub.
Griffin is only signed to a one-year, $493,000 contract with the Athletics who have received much more in performance than they paid. With his no decision against the Angels, Griffin’s season record remained at 14-9 but his ERA and WHIP lowered to 3.78 and 1.12, respectively. The Athletics’ management would be clueless if they did not realize the great potential Griffin has and agree to sign him to a nice contract extension at the end of this season.
Griffin’s solid 2013 season is not his only strong performance as he posted a fantastic 7-1 record over 15 starts in 2012. With a 3.06 ERA and an average of 7.0 strikeouts per 9 innings last season, Griffin established himself as a deserving pitcher in the starting rotation for 2013. With less than 15 games left in the MLB season, Griffin has proved that his first good year was not a fluke.
The last season and a half have been a great time of resume building for Griffin who has stated his case well for a legitimate big league contract. If the Athletics are not willing to give him what he deserves, I am sure there are several teams who will jump on the opportunity. Do the right thing, Oakland! Resign that young arm.