Marlins get something for Lindstrom

Boy, if there isn’t anything in the world more inspiring than to have a high-90′s fastball. No matter how poorly you pitch, someone will still give you a chance, and they’ll pay something to do it. The Marlins were able to send Matt Lindstrom off to the Houston Astros for right hander Robert Bono and shortstop Luis Bryan. This courtesy of Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald and Twitter. Here’s my quick thoughts:

- Lindstrom was the same guy who put up a 3.14 ERA in 2008 after recovering from injury. Unfortunately, that guy wasn’t very good either, but he held the ball in the park. Last year, Lindstrom allowed a few less ground balls and a few more homers, and it made his FIP skyrocket.

- Neither of the players we got are contributing any time soon. They’re both younger than me, and I just graduated from college a few months ago. Byran was just being born as I was watching cartoons on Saturday morning with my face way too close to the television screen for my own good (this was late 1990, and I was two years old).

- Bono has spent three seasons in the Astros organization and just completed a full 2009 in high-A. He was an 11th round draft pick in 2007. The last two seasons, he’s shown a pattern of not missing bats (11.9% K% between 2008 and 2009, in low- and high-A) and an equally strong avoidance of the outer part of the zone (3.1% UIBB% during that same span). I don’t know what his stuff looks like, but it has the makings of a strike-throwing, high-80′s/low-90′s kind of guy, which does not usually bode well in the majors.

- Bryan was an international signing participating in his first season in pro ball. He had a hot rookie-ball season, batting .340/.345/.491, good for a .394 wOBA. Yes, that slash line is correct, Bryan had an OBP only .005 points higher than his batting average. In 111 PA in rookie-ball this year, Bryan managed to avoid walking entirely, not recording a single walk and only being hit twice by pitches. An honorable feat, but it doesn’t bode well for his skills.

Topics: Houston Astros, Luis Bryan, Matt Lindstrom, Miami Marlins, Robert Bono

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  • http://Allucanheat.com Lane

    We also got the astros first rd pick in the rule 5 draft tomorrow. I’m predicting we re-select Zack Kroenke with it.

  • Michael Jong

    Lane,

    Quite true. I believe we’ll have to make space on the 40-man roster, right?

  • Joe A.

    Now when Pinto goes at least we’ll have a couple different faces to cause our late inning indigestion.

    • Michael Jong

      Joe A,

      Please don’t remind me about Pinto. I just want to forget him.

      And don’t you forget we still have Nunez!

  • Anton

    let’s, sign, ryan, church!

    • Michael Jong

      Anton,

      Totally agree. I think Church would be another decent addition at a cheap price. Remember, a lot of his value comes from his defense, and he hasn’t been an awful hitter like some of our other options. Great pickup, if it were to happen.

  • JoeA.

    Sorry Michael. You’re right. Not only do we still have Nunez, but we still have Fredi to trot him out to close on consecutive days. Even though he probably weighs 130lbs. soaking wet.

    • Michael Jong

      Joe A,

      I’m really getting tired of Fredi throwing him out there unnecessarily for 3-run saves, then throwing out there again in a close game where he can’t afford to make mistakes.

      I’m a guy who thinks that relievers can get more work, but I don’t think managers are that type. And if they don’t think relievers can handle large workloads, they should probably stop using them in useless situations. You get the feeling that, if the save rule were for four-run leads, Fredi would throw Nunez out there for those all the time too. Managerial decisions on the use of the best reliever in the staff have been determined by a sportswriter from the 1960′s. Ridiculous.

  • JoeA.

    Amen, Michael! Save the “best” reliever for high leverage situations. It makes too much sense for most managers.

    • Michael Jong

      Joe A,

      And the fact it doesn’t make sense to them doesn’t make sense to me.

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  • Anton

    Here to humbly point out that one Renyel Pinto is the Chicago Cubs’ 7th-best prospect of the decade according to Baseball America.

    • Michael Jong

      Anton,

      Yeah, that’s ridiculous. One hell of a farm system, that Cubs system is!