Here's Andy's total
He gives up lots of hits and doesn't strike out many, but also has fairly solid control that will need to tighten going forward. But people forget that Kent Tekulve
(3/5 career BB/K ratio) was a successful major-league pitcher without great WHIP ratios simply by keeping the ball in the park (0.39 HR/9), while Dan Quisenberry
got by on never walking anyone, ever, despite very ho-hum H/9 marks and a ridiculously poor K rate. He also allowed a HR about every 14 innings or so (0.51 HR/9).
The thing that strikes me about Chad Bradford
and Scott Sullivan
is that both are able to K more people. This offsets Chad allowing a few more homers (0.62/9) and Sullivan allowing a HR and walking 3.4 batters per nine. Scott has also allowed fewer hits per nine, the only one of the four to do so consistently throughout his career. (Of course, while he's been successful, Sully's career 3.98 ERA is considerably higher than the other three, even accounting for changing offensive conditions).
I'm not trying to build optimism for an indy-ball sidearmer coming off a serious knee injury donning funny glasses and scraping the Great American Ball Park dirt with his knuckles for ninety frames a year, but it is far from unheard of for guys to come from the nether reaches of oblivion, even the Can-Am League (never heard of it, eh) and make the big leagues as a sidearm reliever. The Reds spending a second-round draft pick on Sullivan represented a pedigree that very few of these guys ever had coming up.