The Houston Astros have plenty of questions and variables to sort out going into 2014, but they have a lot of exciting players to watch for as well. One such player that falls into the latter category is right-handed starting pitcher Brad Peacock. His 2013 was a tale of two call-ups. On his initial go in MLB, he was just short of atrocious. In 22 innings pitched in April, Peacock posted a 1-3 record with a 9.41 ERA, seven home runs allowed and 13 walks.
He was then sent down and missed May and the majority of June before earning another call-up. He got rolling early in August, posting a 2-2 record with a 3.94 ERA, but he still walked 14 and gave up five home runs across 29.2 innings.
But it would only get better. September was easily his best month as he pitched 24.2 innings and managed an impressive 3.28 ERA. However, his six walks and two home runs were a dramatic improvement. Likewise, his WHIP dropped nearly a full point from April to August, and his BAA also plummeted from .309 to a very manageable .217.
Several team sources have credited the improvement to Peacock adopting a new slider that helped him dominate in the second half of the year. Regardless of the cause though, Peacock is one of the many exciting players to watch in 2014. The prospect of having Jarred Cosart, Brett Oberholtzer and Peacock all staying in form in the Astros rotation is incredibly enticing.
Peacock is beginning to prove that he may have been the key piece in the deal that sent him to Houston along with teammates Chris Carter and Max Stassi.