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How Tommy John Surgery Helped George Kontos

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"Things have a way of working themselves out, and I think they worked out pretty well for me," says Kontos of his trade to the Giants. The team would probably agree. They’ve got a platoon-neutral pitcher who has great control, gets ground balls, and strikes batters out — only six other relievers in baseball last year managed more than a strikeout per inning with above-average control and more than 50% ground balls (Sean Marshall, Wesley Wright, Fernando Rodney, Sean Burnett, Aaron Crow and Luke Gregerson), so it’s rare thing. Once you add in the platoon-neutral aspect, Kontos was one of four or five relievers with his statistical profile last season.

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