Finding his rhythm
Over the past couple of years, Wynkoop has seen a ton of really valuable experience at Double-A. While there, he has helped set a ton as a leader and someone younger guys can turn to for advice in his expertise. Still only 25 years old, Wynkoop is set to enter into the prime of his career. Because of this, this time next year he could find himself one step closer to his dream.
As a 23-year-old in his first year at Hartford, Wynkoop saw a small regression. However, he still managed a respectable 4.44 ERA over 150 innings. Making those 24 starts at Hartford gave that experience to Wynkoop as to what it was like to pitch at the next level of professional baseball.
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Last year, unfortunately, Wynkoop took a step back. He started just 16 games and, over that stint, pitched to a less-than-stellar 6.58 ERA, seeing both a drop in strikeout percentage and the walk rate continue to rise.
One very unlucky statistic which went against Wynkoop was his BABIP. The prior season, he posted a .310 BABIP. Last year, it jumped up to .369, which could be a reason for the drop in production.
This season, Wynkoop is off to a decent start. While still having not recorded a win, he currently has a 3.94 ERA over his first three starts and has improved his xFIP from 4.83 last season to 3.88 this year, respectively. Wynkoop has also seen his BABIP go way down, to just a .267. Those are certainly positive steps for the lefty looking to lead the staff this season.