The Giants traded Chris Stewart to the New York Yankees for right handed pitcher George Kontos this past off-season. It was a trade that involved a backup catcher and someone that appeared to be stuck in AAA for a long time — not necessarily something that would make the big hot stove headlines.
However, Kontos has been solid in his time with the Fresno Grizzlies, putting up an ERA and FIP of 1.95/2.51. He has a K/9 rate of 7.16 and a BB/9 rate of 1.30. His K/BB rate is at 5.50 and his 0.98 WHIP.
It’s easy to ignore Kontos’ stats, considering he will be 27 in about two weeks, and was the Padres’ Rule 5 pick following the 2010 season (he didn’t make the team, thus returned to the Yankees organization). But maybe there’s a bit more to him than organizational filler. » Continue reading “Curious About George: Why Kontos Could Help the Giants’ Bullpen”