Well, Ed Wade had been trying and trying and trying to get Keppinger off the team and he finally succeeded. Kepp has gone to the World Champion Giants for a couple of minor league pitchers, RHP Henry Sosa and Jason Stoffel.
We’ll check them in a minute – but first, the best news – We finally have a new exciting YOUNG player on the team – Jose Altuve, the 5-5 hard hitting hero of this year’s future’s games, who came out of nowhere – wasn’t expected to be anything but filler – wen’t on any top prospect lists. But he just tore the cover offn the ball at all levels and here he is, making the jump from AA to the ML.. Last guy to do that was Hunter Pence back in 07 – wow, seems like yesterday.
Anyway, Jose entered the minor league system in 08 in the Rookie league – got 150 AB, had a meh .753 OPS. Started 09 back where he came fromand this time, he was on FAHR – hit .328/.408/.508 and stole 21 of 25 bases.
Got promoted to low A and didn’t exactly look like an MVP with a .653 OPS over 21 games, but he started 2010 at Lexington A ball. Had a .809 OPS in 434 PA, stole 39, got CS 14 times. Wa Promoted to hitter heaven Lancaster A+ but didn’t do quite as well, 127 PA with a .790 OPS over 31 games.
Started this year at Lancaster again, had a 1.057 OPS !!!! over 238 PA, got promoted to AA and continued to just KILL the baseball – hitting .361/.388/.569/.958 – didn’t walk near as much as he had at the lower levels. I should note that Altuve’s stolen base percentage decreased significantly as he went from low A to AA – 19/9 at Lancaster and 5/5 at Corpus. Maybe he shouldn’t be running up here – the catchers are even better.
Of course he didn’t get to play tonight – maybe tomorrow – but I kind of doubt it because it is sooooo important for a young guy to sit on his dead butt and watch the Old Guy “go about their business” like he doesn’t know how to prepare for a baseball game – remember the end of the 09 season when none of the callups were allowed to play?
the new minor league pitchers:
Jason Stoffel, RH RP, age 22, was drafted by the Giants in the 4th round in 09. He threw 29 innings over 16 games in 09, then spent the 2010 season at A+ where he threw 50 innings over 52 games – 4.80 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9, 11.7 K/9, 0.7 HR/9 and 9.6 H/9. 25 saves, 48 games finished. No idea how many blown saves.
They must have been awed by that K rate because he was promoted to AA for 2011: 31.2 IP over 32 games: 3.98 ERA/1.58 WHIP: 9.7 H/9, 4.3 BB/9, 8.8 K/9 and 0.3 HR/9. 13 saves, 26 games finished. He’s not in anyone’s top prospect lists – no surprise there. But youneverknow – Fast Eddie is decent when it comes to finding relievers who aren’t free agents.
Henry Sosa, age 25, RH RP/SP is from the DR and hit the Rookie league in 06. He’s not any sort of prospect. He spent 09 at AA, had good numbers – 14 GS, 72 IP, 2.36 ERA/1.19 WHIP: 3.1 BB/9, 5.5 K/9 and 7.6 H/9 (sounds like J Happ-less)
In 2010, he was promoted to AAA, started 14 games, relieved in 22 over 115 IP: 4.07 ERA/1.46 WHIP: 4.3 BB/9, 6.5 K/9.
I can’t figure out this year – looks like he started at AAA, got slammed all over the place (23 terrible innings, all in relief - don’t even ask) and was demoted to AA: 6 GS, 2 in relief over 40 IP: 2.68 ErA/1.22 WHIP: 9.1 K/9, 1.8 BB/9 and 8 K/9.
It’s basically adding up to 1.5 mill that Drayton doesn’t have to pay. And Fast Eddie got to get rid of Keppinger – and one of these days I am going to find out why Fast Eddie wanted him gone so bad – just like I am gonna find out why the Organization hated Luke Scott and wanted him gone. It’s personal, I guess.
Best of luck to Jeff K on the Giants. And let’s hope we see Altuve playing SOON.