Thursday, June 12, 2014

Annual June Roster Revamp

Second half roster shakeup begins....

Braulio Lara returns from Durham, Luke Bailey is sent down to Port Charlotte, Bryce Stowall driven off the roster to XST, new catcher Jake DePew added to Biscuits.

Got it?

In other words...

we get a guy who is very hittable for our bullpen
Relief Pitcher Lara
Braulio returns to the 5.60 ERA he had before his trip to Durham.
Lara didn't fare any better in his run with the Bulls as his 9.00 ERA will attest. Up to his usual tricks there, losing three games before being sent back. He has good stuff, but he gives up more than a hit an inning as well as walking one per game. When Lara comes into the game, it equals an intentional walk and a base hit guarantee.

we lose a platoon catcher who made good contact
Bailey played so well as a second catcher in Double-A he has been sent to be the third catcher at Single-A Port Charlotte.
The StoneCrabs current catching tandem is excellent, perhaps with the best numbers in the Rays organization at that position. Bailey will be the bullpen catcher there, quite possibly seeing fewer at bats than he was getting here, which aint easy.

we lose an arm that was good
RHP Stowell
Stowall gets few chances to pitch in Montgomery so he gets taken off the roster.
Stow's numbers? 1w-1L 3.43 ERA, 21innings pitched 21 strikeouts. Great numbers compared to some others in the bullpen. Stowell had only allowed two earned runs dating back to May 10, both when he was asked to pitch multiple innings.

we get a backup catcher who is full of question marks
Jake DePew gets to hear a whole new league make the same old jokes about his name.
Batting .222 for Port Charlotte before his promotion, Biscuits fans will be challenged to come up with their own new puns. He does hit lefties well and can be a clutch hitter with runners on base - both of which we desperately need.

I am going to predict that we have not seen the last of the roster moves for the Biscuits, a few more may be made this week. And we can all probably agree that its for the best, even if it makes zero sense how. But hey, at least we can hear some new walkup music!

Fat lotta good it did us, we got beaten by the Barons 4-2.

On the bright side, Jeremy Moore hit a homer.

Except for his first Biscuits homer, a three run jack that helped the Skitz down the Generals at Jackson, all of Moore's homers have come in Montgomery losses.

1 comment:

Mike O'connor said...

Thanks for the montgomery baseball history.