Originally Posted by Kc61
Overall minor league statistics include his work at low levels. In Maloney's case, I think his work at the higher minor league levels deserves separate focus.
Maloney's AAA ERA last year was 4.68. That ERA was coupled with 18 homers allowed in 140 innings. The previous year, Maloney allowed 19 home runs in 170 innings, a better rate but still an obvious issue, particularly for a pitcher vying for GABP.
Maloney pitched well last year at high levels. In 170.2 innings between AA and AAA (mostly AA), he posted a 3.64 ERA and 54 BB/177 K ratio. His ERA was far from impressive this past year but he again put up a strong 39 BB/141 K ratio in 146 innings. The home runs are admittedly worrisome. That's something that could hold him back... that's why if I was a team like San Diego or Seattle I'd target Maloney. He could probably put together a very solid career in a big ballpark, and he still could in a ballpark like GABP as long as he can keep the homers allowed at a respectable rate.