Who Am I?
Height: 6′ 3″
Throws Left, Bats Left
How did I get here?
Originally drafted in the 4th round by Kansas City Acquired via trade from Kansas City, along with a PTBNL (D’Andre Toney) for Jason Bourgeois and Humberto Quintero, in March 2012. Out of options.
Why am I here?
Theoretically, to provide a left-handed option out of the bullpen not named Tony Sipp. Realistically, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where he’s still on the 40-man roster come Opening Day.
What are my strengths?
Primarily, throwing with the left arm. He’s flashed good strikeout ability in the minors, along with a good ability to keep the ball in the yard.
What are my weaknesses?
In the words of a great philosopher – “Control, control, you must learn control!” Even in the minors, his walk rate was unacceptably high, hovering between 4 and 5 per 9 innings; in his major league appearances, it’s been even worse – and has usually resulted in leaving the ball up, with said ball frequently getting hit very, very hard.
What is my future with the Astros?
Short. Very short.
2016 stats (major league):
9 G, 8 IP, 15 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0-0
9.00 ERA, 2.38 WHIP, .395/.452/.526 BAA/OBP/SLG
What is my projected 2017 performance?
PECOTA says: 25 G, 26 IP, 26 H, 12 BB, 24 K, 4.35 ERA
ZIPS says: 59 G, 67 IP, 65 H, 33 BB, 71 K, 4.57 ERA
MMWAG says: Nothing. I expect him to be designated for assignment by the end of spring training and claimed by someone desperate for a lefty.
Who else would I remind you of?
Literally hundreds of quad-A lefties that got repeated cups of coffee but who never stuck.