Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Rich Scalamandre

I'm back and finally recovered from my trip. Sorry it took so long. Onto the news of the week. There were no more prospects traded by Atlanta while I was gone but we did receive a minor leaguer. By acquiring Rich Scalamandre, Schuerholz made one of his best moves of the year. However, the reason it was the best move is because Jorge Sosa no longer pitches for Atlanta which should already be worth a couple of games in the standings. What they got was a minor league relief pitcher who has put up decent numbers while striking out about one man per inning. Rich was 4-0 with a 4.55 ERA in double-A and is 3-0 with a 4.26 ERA in triple-A. He is already 25 so he is not much of a prospect. He could possible have a year or two of decent work out of a major league bullpen at some point in his career but it is always hard to tell when a reliever hits his peak. Some relievers peak early while some don't peak until their 30's. At any rate, getting a pitcher with somewhat of a chance to pitch in the major leagues for Jorge Sosa is a win for us in my opinion.

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