New Stros on the pen

What’s good

  • Death to RHB

What’s not

  • He’s dropped a tick recently

What’s good

  • He has an abysmal contact profile

What’s not

  • His pitch shapes are ordinary

Trade evaluation: fair

The trade is Toro for Graveman and a dump swap Smith/Montero yet I think it all comes down to those at the extremes: I’m higher than most on Toro, he can really hit, has good plate discipline and unsuspectable pop (15+ HR tops) but he’s not a 3B as he lacks both arm strength and accuracy, he should slot at 2B and provide solid, 2 WAR value. Then there’s Montero, and if he comes back to Texas levels we are talking about closer stuff, not mop up duty. Seattle comes out on top, I’m not confident Graveman can keep up this level of dominance, but Houston is happy in the short term. Approved.

What’s good

  • A high velo, high spin heater

What’s not

  • His pitch mix needs some fine tuning

Trade evaluation: average

This one is more of a classic: a late inning arm, FA to be, for a lotto ticket. I’m as low on De La Cruz as I was high on Toro: he has good numbers but he was hitting on a true hitters paradise, he’s almost 25 and settled on a corner outfield spot, has pop and can walk but his hit tool is doubtful and he had no way into the Astros roster. He should get one in Miami, although they already have a ton of similar OF, toolsy but unable to put it together a la Lewis Brinson. Pruitt was DFA’d and he’ll replace Garcia on the Marlins pen.

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Alessandro Zilio

Alessandro Zilio

Italian baseball stathead. I’ll write about MLB, Nippon Professional Baseball and Korean dramas/shows. A lot of graphs, Astros related content and references.