In-Season Splits: Jason Windsor, SP

Throughout the season, we will take a look at the in-season splits for various Oakland A's prospects. For our third "In-Season Splits" article, we take a look at recently promoted starting pitcher Jason Windsor.

2004 draft choice and former College World Series hero Jason Windsor was recently promoted to AAA-Sacramento after an outstanding start to his 2006 season with AA-Midland. The tough right-hander has moved quickly through the Oakland A's system, pitching for Vancouver and Kane County in 2004 and Stockton and Midland in 2005. We take a closer look at Windsor's statistics to find out more about Windsor's season to date.

Jason Windsor, 6'2'', 210, Stats Good Through 5/10/06





























Slow Starter, Fast Finisher

Based on Windsor's first start of the season, one would have been hard-pressed to believe that he would be on his way to AAA before the Ides of May. Windsor allowed four runs on six hits in only 5.1 innings of work in the Rockhounds' season-opening loss. He gave up two homers in that game, the only two homers he has allowed this season.

After a good second outing, Windsor's slow start continued in his third start, as he allowed six runs (five earned) in four innings versus Corpus Christi. In that game, Windsor allowed nine hitters to reach base out of the 16 he faced.

Windsor's season turned around after that outing, however. Over his next three starts, Windsor allowed only 14 hits in 18 innings of work. He struck out 20 over that time and walked only five. He also gave up only two runs.

Windsor's in-game pattern is similar to his overall season pattern. He has struggled in the first inning this season, but has gotten down-right unhittable after that. In first innings this season, hitters are reaching Windsor for a .393 batting average against. Of the nine doubles he has allowed this season, four of them have come in the first. He has had good control in the first, however, as he has yet to walk a batter.

Windsor's second worst inning has been the second, where he has allowed a .250 batting average against and one of his two homeruns. He has been nails in the third (.111 BAA), fifth (.167 BAA) and sixth (.091 BAA) and pretty good in the fourth (.238 BAA). Windsor's one foray into the seventh inning resulted in three strikeouts and no hits.

Road Warrior

Although Windsor has been solid both at home and on the road, he has been particularly effective away from Citibank Ballpark in Midland. In three away starts, Windsor has held opposing batters to a .190 batting average against and a 2.08 ERA in 17.1 innings of work. Both of his homers were allowed in that Opening Day road loss, but he has otherwise been nearly flawless away from home.

Windsor has yet to walk more than one batter in any of his three road starts. He allowed four runs in that first start, but has not allowed a run on the road since then in 12 innings of work. Windsor struck out 17 and walked two in those two starts and he allowed only six hits.

At home, Windsor is 2-0 in three starts with a 3.94 ERA in 16 innings pitched. He has allowed a .268 batting average against and has walked seven batters while striking out 14. Windsor struggled at home last season, as well, allowing a .303 batting average against and a 5.53 ERA in 27.2 home innings. This split could bode well for Windsor as he moves to a new home ballpark.

Tough Against Lefties and Righties

In 2005, Windsor pitched much better against right-handed hitters then he did versus lefties. When he was with A-Stockton, Windsor held right-handed hitters to a .202 batting average against. California League left-handers touched Windsor for a .293 batting average against, although he did strike out a lefties at a higher rate then he did righties.

When Windsor moved to AA last season, his lefty-righty splits evened up. He allowed right-handers to hit him at a .304 rate and left-handers at a .301 rate. However, he struggled with his control against Texas League lefties, walking 11 and striking out only 13.

This season, Windsor's lefty-righty splits are again fairly even. Lefties are only hitting .222 off of Windsor and they only have four extra-base hits in 54 at-bats. He has struck out 19 out of the 54 lefties he has faced. While his strikeouts versus lefties have been higher, his walk totals have been higher, as well. Windsor has walked seven lefties.

Conversely, Windsor has walked only three right-handers in 65 at-bats. Right-handed hitters are batting only .231 against Windsor. His ERA versus righties is 4.42, however, in large part because both of the homeruns he allowed were to right-handed batters. He has a 1.20 ERA against lefties this season.

His groundball-flyball ratio is pretty similar against righties and lefties, as well. Versus lefties, Windsor has induced 14 groundballs and 12 flyballs. Versus right-handers, he has induced 19 groundballs and 18 flyballs.

Nails with Runners On-Base

Since his time at Cal-State Fullerton, Windsor has had a reputation as being a pitcher who steps-up in big games. Windsor has shown an ability to step-up in tough situations this season, as well. With runners in scoring position, Windsor has allowed only four hits in 23 at-bats (.174) and has walked one and struck out seven. With runners in scoring position and two-outs, Windsor has given up only two hits in 11 at-bats. In his only bases-loaded situation this season, he induced an inning-ending double-play.

Windsor's first start for Sacramento is scheduled for Thursday versus Oklahoma.

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