January 22, 2009

Arlington Bureaucrats and Kalamazoo Badgers

July 31st, 2009

Arlington receives:
SP Pedro 'No Name' Chávez (26, AAA) - minor league contract
3B Roberto Ortíz (21, A) - minor league contract
Kalamazoo's 4th round 2010 draft pick (SP David Gutiérrez - 17th pick)

Kalamazoo receives:
MR John Page (27, ML) - $0.39/arbitration/arbitration/arbitration

Since Then:
Chávez started 5 games with Arlington during his September callup in '09. In 25.1 innings pitched, he went 1-3 with a 5.68 ERA for Arlington. Showing flashes of brilliance in previous years, Chávez's inconsistency and inability to put it altogether makes him an unreliable below average pitcher. He needs to prove he belongs in the big leagues soon before his opportunities wear thin.
Ortíz's play down at Class-A in '09 tapered off after the trade. Defensively, he has the tools to develop into a versatile utility infielder. Offensively, he has shown low minor league pitcher but it remains to be seen if he can continue to hit at higher levels. Rated with limited upside, Ortiz at best projects as a fringe big league player.

Page appeared in 24 relief appearances with Kalamazoo in '09 after the trade. He went 0-0 with a 4.44 ERA in those appearances. Overall, Page has been a dominant reliever in year's past but has shown some vulnerability in '09. Possessing good stuff and amazing movement on his pitches, Page's inconsistent control makes him vulnerable. It remains to be seen if '09 was an off year or a trend.

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