Thursday, December 11, 2008

Astros Select Gilbert de la Vara

A little about Mr. de la Vara:

24-year old lefty reliever in the Kansas City system (big shock: Easy Eddie takes more pitching from Dayton Moore. We're not providing relocation expenses from Royals Cul-de-Sac to Astros County).

2.76 ERA for the Royals AA team. 2 saves. 21 Ks/15 BBs in 32 innings. Started 2007 in A+ ball, bumped up to AA. Sent back to A+ in 2008, and bumped back up to AA. Total K:BB in 2008 was 52:27. WHIP in the low 1.10s. Only gave up one homer in 77 innings last year.

Update:

For the Surprise Rafters (which sounds like a terrible fantasy football team name) in the Arizona Fall League, de la Vara was 0-0 with a 6.16 ERA in 12 games, 22 Ks in 19 innings (12 BBs) and a .316 BAA. He gave up runs in 5 of his last 10 appearances.

Another Update:

Easy Eddie said this: "He's a two-pitch left-hander," Wade said. "He has an average fastball and good secondary pitches. We see him as a middle reliever, situational left-hander. Anytime you can add more left-handed pitching into the mix, it behooves you to try."

3 comments:

Aaron said...

Which Gilbert is this?

I like it. I've had my eye on him for months now. But seriously only 1 bomb in 77ip is purdy good.

Aaron said...

Ah to be a situational left hander, huh?

The Constable. said...

That's the way it looks. Of course, if he doesn't stick with the Astros all season long, he goes back to the Royals.