December 10, 2008

San Antonio Calzones of Laredo and New Jersey Hitmen

June 7th, 2009

San Antonio receives:
MR Dave Williams (34, ML) - $6.3
CF Arthur Myers (29, ML) - $4.6
CF António Chávez (22, AA) - minor league contract

New Jersey receives:
SP Luis Peña (32, ML) - $11.6
SP Steven Barber (23, A) - minor league contract
SP Juan Hernández (22, A) - minor league contract
MR Vicente Moreno (19, SS-A) - minor league contract
MR Al Fountain (19, SS-A) - minor league contract

Since Then:
Williams had a fairly solid '09 season but it was subpar one by his standards. The former All-Star went 1-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 32 relief appearances for San Antonio in '09. Despite the subpar season, Williams signed a 2-year extension with San Antonio worth $13,000,000. Overall, Williams still projects as one the league's best setup men.
Myers had a good season with San Antonio. In 94 games, he hit .282 with 8 homers and 41 RBIs. He grades out as an above average offensive hitter who has a knack for hitting extra base hits.
Chávez spent the '09 season at AA and AAA where he played decently. Overall, he is a prime candidate to be a good big league 4th outfielder. He is excellent defensively at all 3 outfield positions. He has plus speed and bunting skills, which makes him valuable in a bunting or pinch running situation.

Peña went 8-6 with a 3.15 ERA after joining New Jersey in the '09 season. Overall, he is a solid consistent pitcher worthy of a number 3 spot in the rotation.
Barber pitched well for New Jersey's SS-A affiliate in '09. He has a very limited ceiling and rates out as a career minor leaguer.
Hernández pitched decently in '09 at New Jersey's SS-A affiliate. A projected career minor league pitcher, he grades out poorly in all areas including velocity, movement, control and overall stuff.
Moreno's poor SS-A performance led to his release by New Jersey (9/08/09). He signed a minor league deal with Fargo's organization (9/22/09). He is a below average pitcher and is expected to be a career minor leaguer.
Fountain only appeared in 8 SS-A games before suffering a strained rotator cuff muscle injury (7/02/09). He pitched poorly prior to the injury and was released by New Jersey (7/05/09). Overall, he is a subpar pitcher who is destined to spend his career in the minors.

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