On Thusday the Twins trades J.J. Hardy and Brendan Harris to the Orioles for minor league pitchers Brett Jacobsen and Jim Hoey. On that same day, the Target Field dwellers selected left-handed pitcher Scott Diamond from the Atlanta Braves in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 draft.
Clearly, the team is after “cheap pitching” to fill the anticipated void that will be left by the departures of Matt Guerrier, Jesse Crain and “others” from last year’s bullpen. To coin a phrase from Twins 2000-2001 marketing campaign, it’s to “GET TO KNOW EM.”
Random Blog Surf Scouting Report: “his reputation as “inconsistent…provides the Orioles with one of the most talented relieving prospects in the system… drafted by Tigers in fourth round of the 2008 MLB Draft…. The 6’6” right-hander could have gone higher due to his skill set but fell to the fourth after concerns about his consistency scared other teams away…three-year starter/reliever at Vanderbilt….started each season as a starter, but finished each in the bullpen, where he had much greater success…The 24-year-old Jacobson was 8-1 with one save and a 2.79 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 71 innings at Class A Frederick. The Orioles got him in August 2009 from Detroit in a trade for Aubrey Huff.”
Random Blog Surf Scouting Report: “The best tool in his arsenal is his fastball, which routinely clocks in at 96-97 mph. He uses his 6-foot, 6-inch frame to deliver the ball with a natural downward plane, which Baysox Pitching Coach Kennie Steenstra says helps compensate for a lack of movement by keeping the ball down in the zone. Steenstra has put focus on refining Hoey’s slider, which he says is the key to Hoey’s future success at the Major League level… The 27-year-old Hoey was 4-0 with a 3.38 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 21 1-3 innings at Triple-A Norfolk. He pitched for Baltimore in 2006-07, going 3-5 with an 8.13 ERA.
Random Blog Surf Scouting Report: “Undrafted out of college…went 15-3 his firstyear as a pro… 1.85 ERA in high school and struck out 181 in 166 1/3… signed with the Atlanta Braves following the ’07 draft for about $50,000…made his pro debut in 2008 with Rome Braves going 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA in 9 starts….earned a promotion to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans where he went 12-2 with a 2.79 ERA, striking out 85 and walking 28… tied 2 others for the league lead in wins despite joining the league during the season…was on the Canadian team for ’09 World Baseball Classic… the 24 year old was ranked as the 6th-best left-handed starter in the Braves system.“