Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Meet the Alexes

Earlier tonight, the Astros traded Wilton Lopez and a PTBNL to the Rockies for RHPs Alex White and Alex Gillingham. Who are these guys?

Alex White

Alex White is a 24-year old RHP (6'3" 215lbs), and was the Indians' 1st Round pick in 2009. He was acquired by the Rockies in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal. He's not arbitration-eligible until 2015, and won't be a free agent until 2018.

In 23 games (20 starts), White threw 98IP, allowing 114H/60ER, for a 5.51 ERA/1.68 WHIP, with 64K:51BB. His FIP was a little better, 5.23, while his xFIP was 4.72.

Ben Badler tweetedAlex White's stock has tumbled. Perception isn't as good as reality here.

Back in March, White was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, coming in at a .174 BAL. GM Dan O'Dowd said:
We have not seen any indication of this since we got the kid. He's been a choirboy, but he screwed up.

And everyone lived happily ever after.

Alex Gillingham

Gillingham is a 23-year old 6'3" 200lb RHP, drafted in the 11th Round of the 2011 draft by Colorado.

For Low-A Asheville in the South Atlantic League in 2012, Gillingham was 6-8 in 19 starts with a 3.66 ERA (3.43 FIP), allowing 122H/50ER in 123IP, with 83K:28BB. Gillingham allowed just five homers in all of 2012, good for a 0.4 HR/9 rate.


Anonymous said...

So Gillingham has potential to be a back end starter and who knows with White? Not really liking this trade, especially for a shut down guy like Lopez.

cardsjason said...

Gillingham will be interesting to watch. His age at that level is almost a red flag but every players development is different.

Anonymous said...

Our bullpen already sucked... I'm finding it harder and harder to care about the Astros. We have to attempt to improve our W/L at some point... right?

Mark said...

Add two more slugs to the pile.

Rob said...

Hopefully he can find himself away from Coors. Haven't seen much of him but Luhnow says he scouted him as an amateur and thinks he can be a good piece going forward. Need rotation depth and maybe Wilton's health record is about to catch up to him? Lots of things we don't know at this stage.

Anonymous said...

I think this is a good trade. It might turn out to be great. With a young team starting pitching is going to be needed. We will probably have 10 different starters next season because young arms are young arms. BUT... Lopez arm had something going on in health issues, so it was a time bomb. Second, the Astros don't need a closer. Not yet. In a year or two it will be important and maybe by then we have enough pitching depth that we can have something like a young future closer in the minors. Maybe even Cosart?

Anonymous said...

I like this trade, considering Lopez's fragile elbow. I think he's going to need TJ surgery soon. For his sake, I hope that doesn't happen, but if it does it'll be the Rockies' problem now.