Joe Savery was Philadelphia’s first-round pick (19th overall) in the 2007 draft. After appearing in just seven minor league games for Williamsport in the New York-Penn League, Baseball America chose him as its 90th-ranked prospect going into the 2008 season. Savery bounced a couple rungs up the ladder, to the Clearwater Threshers in the Florida State League, but a 9-10 record, 4.13 ERA, and other question marks led BA to leave him off its list for 2009.
Savery responded to the “snub” by being promoted to Philly’s AA affiliate in Reading and promptly losing his first start of the season, 7-2 at Harrisburg, on April 16. Since then, he has lost a grand total of ZERO games – none; nil; not a one – and won twelve consecutive decisions.
I understand that there are a lot of people who don’t like wins as a statistic. They argue that because wins are so dependent on a variety of factors unrelated to anything a pitcher does, they tell precious little about the actual ability or value of a given hurler. And they’re right – when judging talent, it makes sense to use numbers that the pitcher actually has some control over.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a run like the one Savery is on right now. Twelve straight wins? No losses for almost three calendar months? That’s pretty cool (even if his peripherals aren’t really all that great and he has obviously received some exceptional run support). You go, Joe.