Losing Joe Musgrove to shoulder inflammation is the worst scenario for the San Diego Padres this late into the season. Arguably, he is the ace of the Padres rotation, which means the other starters must pick up the pace in his absence. Their performance level is important to the team’s success than ever.
August is a terrible time to lose the ace of your pitching staff, but the injury gets everyone thinking of the starters the Friars have failed to develop. We’re describing a pitcher who offers a quality start each appearance on the mound. Often, they’re successful because of the command of their pitches, velocity and the ability to hit the corners of the strike zone.
Here are 3 pitchers who the San Diego Padres didn’t develop into an ace
RH Pitcher Dinelson Lamet
Based on his five seasons with the Friars, Dinelson Lamet was a missed opportunity. In 55 career starts, Lamet was 15-19 with a 4.08 ERA. He struggled to stay on the mound due to the vast amount of injuries sustained during his time with the Padres.
After having Tommy John surgery in 2018, there were legitimate concerns over what version of Lamet would return to the rotation. But he produced in small sample sizes, especially in 2020. Lamet won three games with a 2.09 ERA and a 2.48 FIP in 12 starts. He dominanted opposing lineups with a four-pitch repertoire (slider, sinker, four-seam fastball and changeup). Unfortunately, a bicep injury kept Lamet off the postseason roster.
Granted, counting on a pitcher returning from arm injuries has never been an exact science. Too often, we have seen starters experience setbacks in their rehabilitation that cost them effectiveness on the mound. The amount of time on the injured list stunted Lamet’s development as a starting pitcher.