Tigs traded Grilli
away to the Rockies for 22 year old RPH Zachary Simons. The move was to clear space to bring up Cruceta who is now expected to be up for tomorrow's game.
As far as Simons, he's definitely a prospect, and we all know, if our scouts see good things, good things are typically there. However, he wasn't in the Rockies top 30 prospects - but, then, you really think we'd get one for Grilli - even with his flashes of brilliance (0runs, 4 hits, 3BB, 8Ks in his last 11.1 IP)? Simons' numbers are nothing to brag about
with a pro career ERA of 4.91 and a K/BB rate of about 3/2. He does have a good fastball that, as of the 2005 draft was in the mid nineties
. The Rockies obviously saw something in him as they gave him a 625K signing bonus
Get ready for Cruceta. From what I recall, he was going to be our set-up man with Rodney/Zumaya out, but then he couldn't get his visa issues resolved thus promoting Bautista. His numbers at Toledo have been very nice
: struck out the side in his first inning on 10 pitches, 95 MPH fastball, "not much fun" slider, and a "malevolent" split finger, 7IP, 15Ks, 2 hits, 3 walks, 0 runs (as far as I know).
Leyland does like to build confidence by leaving guys out and in their positions (ala Bautista last night), so Cruceta may come in as middle relief to start and eventually promote to set-up. Then again, it didn't take all that many games for him to move Cabrera to first. We'll have to see what Leyland decides.