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After a 2012 season where Tim Crabbe had ups and downs between Double-A Pensacola and a demotion to Advanced-A Bakersfield, he was able to rebound with a very strong 2013 season that he split between Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville where he posted a 3.06 ERA in 153 innings with 109 strikeouts and 43 walks. Control has been an issue that Crabbe has battled throughout his career, but he posted a 6.8% walk rate on the year, easily the best rate of his career. His strikeout rate was also down significantly though, falling below 20% for the first time in his career. The right hander works with a 4-seam fastball in the 88-92 MPH range that tops out at 94 MPH. He will overthrow it at times, which leads to control lapses with the pitch. He will also mix in a cut-fastball in the mid 85-88 MPH range. The main secondary pitch in the arsenal is a curveball with two plane breaking action in the 73-78 MPH range. Crabbe will use it to put hitters away and it is an above-average pitch. He will also mix in a change up that has good movement and tumbling action to it. The pitch however comes in at 84-86 MPH, a little closer to his fastball velocity than a typical change up is. Improving his change up will be vital to sticking as a starting pitcher, though if he has to transition to the bullpen his fastball and curveball combination will work very well as long as the improvements in control remain.