I was pleasantly surprised as well. I think we've seen enough of him as a starter, but as a bulk innings reliever, he may have a spot. I don't want to get too carried away over one outing in a blow out game, but that kind of role (not necessarily a blow out) may be where he belongs.
Another guy with average (more likely, below average) stuff.
The fastball isn't fast. Velocity isn't the only thing that matters but it doesn't have a lot of movement and he hadn't been able to locate it well. Changeup, as brother Frobicito noted, didn't have enough difference in velocity to make a big enough of a difference.
Curve/slider was average, looking, too. Just nothing special across the board.
When he puts ball in play it results in doubles and homers. I think he will be putting the ball in play consistently over the next two months. He's hit at all levels and I believe he will continue to hit.
I mis-remembered. Just went back to look. You're correct, his scorcher was August and then slowed off. In my head it was the very end of the season.
I don’t know why you’d say it’s safe to say Mountcastle will beat .799. Players have their ups and downs and there’s no telling where Mountcastle will land. He’d need to put up almost an .850 OPS the rest of the way to end up over .799 on the year. I’m not saying he can’t do it, but I sure wouldn’t say it’s “safe” that he will.
To my point,Nick had an .860 OPS at the end of August of his rookie year, had been scorching hot for 2.5 months (1.140 OPS in August) and then OPS’d .599 in September/October to get to his .799 overall number.