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Gallen5862
08-04-2007, 04:08 PM
Lohse trade comes as no surprise
07/30/2007 7:58 PM ET
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com

CINCINNATI -- One of the worst kept secrets approaching the trade deadline was that pitcher Kyle Lohse was on the trading block. It was only a question of where he'd end up.
On Monday, the Lohse learned it would be Philadelphia.

"I'm a little excited, happy to be going to a team in the race. But I'm disappointed we couldn't get it done here. So it's a little bit of mixed emotions," Lohse said.

Lohse was dealt from the Reds to the Phillies in exchange for Minor League pitcher Matt Maloney.

The 23-year-old Maloney will report to Double-A Chattanooga.

In 21 starts this season, Lohse was 6-12 with a 4.58 ERA and baffled observers with his inconsistency. The 28-year-old had a brilliant 0.77 ERA in the games he won and a 7.97 ERA in his losses.

"My numbers are what they are. I just try to go out there and give my team the best possible chance to win. I had a couple bad games here and there that kind of skewed the numbers," Lohse added.

The moves comes nearly a year to the day the Reds acquired Lohse in a playoff push of their own. The right-hander came over from the Twins on July 31, 2006 for Minor League pitcher Zach Ward and went 2-5 with a 4.57 ERA in 12 games. He was signed to a one-year, $4.2 million contract that voided his final year of arbitration in January.

"Everybody knew he was going to be a free agent," Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said. "It's somebody that's been on everybody's radar that's looking for a starting pitcher. He's an accomplished starting pitcher that fits in a lot of rotations. There was a lot of interest in him from many teams."

The non-waivers trade deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday. But Krivsky didn't want to make this particular deal at the last minute. Lohse was scheduled to start Tuesday's series opener vs. the Nationals in Washington D.C.

The Reds were scheduled to take a late Monday afternoon charter flight out of town shortly after the deal was announced. Rookie Bobby Livingston was moved up and will start for Cincinnati instead. Because of Monday's off day, Livingston will still work on his usual four days of rest.

"It got to the point where two or three were very active of late and our preference was not to have Kyle Lohse get on an airplane and go to Washington," Krivsky said. "I made up my mind that it was going to get done today before he got on the bus because it would have been awkward. (Tuesday) is his day to pitch."

The Phillies' third-round draft pick in 2005, Maloney entered this season rated by Baseball America as the ninth-best prospect in the Phillies' organization. With Double-A Reading this season, the left-hander went 9-7 with a 3.94 ERA and one complete game in 21 starts. He allowed 117 hits while striking out 115 batters in 125 2/3 innings. He leads the Eastern League in innings pitched and ranks fourth in strikeouts.

In 2006, in his second professional season, he was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year after going 16-9 with a 2.03 ERA and 180 strikeouts in 27 starts and 168.2 innings pitched for Lakewood.

As talks with the Phillies about Lohse heated up in recent weeks, Krivsky had dispatched multiple scouts to watch Maloney pitch.

"We're really pleased to acquire him. We saw his last two or three starts at Reading," Krivsky said. "It's somebody closer to the big leagues. Maloney is in [Class-AA]. You have a better chance at being right projecting on his ability than you do someone in rookie ball."

Several trades are expected around baseball in the final hours leading up to the deadline. As is common for Krivsky, he would not reveal if he planned to swing any more deals.

"We'll see," Krivsky said. "It takes two."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gallen5862
08-04-2007, 04:37 PM
Thanks to Mario-Rijo for this link.
http://http://www.baseballamerica.co...ws/264580.html
Quote:
A polished college lefty, the Phillies took Maloney from Mississippi in the third round of the 2005 draft. He made just eight starts at short-season Batavia before moving to low Class A Lakewood a year later, where he became the anchor of the Blue Claws’ staff. Though he’s 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Maloney is more of a finesse lefthander compared to fellow Phillies farmhand Josh Outman. His 86-90 mph sinker is his best pitch because of its late, downward tumble in the zone. Maloney also throws an above-average changeup, curveball and slider. Maloney, 23, won South Atlantic League pitcher of the year honors in 2006 after going 16-9, 2.03, and he led the circuit in wins, innings (169) and strikeouts (180) while finishing second in ERA. He was 9-7, 3.94 with a 115-45 strikeout-walk ratio in 125 innings for Double-A Reading

Mario-Rijo
08-04-2007, 07:49 PM
Thanks to Mario-Rijo for this link.
http://http://www.baseballamerica.co...ws/264580.html
Quote:
A polished college lefty, the Phillies took Maloney from Mississippi in the third round of the 2005 draft. He made just eight starts at short-season Batavia before moving to low Class A Lakewood a year later, where he became the anchor of the Blue Claws’ staff. Though he’s 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Maloney is more of a finesse lefthander compared to fellow Phillies farmhand Josh Outman. His 86-90 mph sinker is his best pitch because of its late, downward tumble in the zone. Maloney also throws an above-average changeup, curveball and slider. Maloney, 23, won South Atlantic League pitcher of the year honors in 2006 after going 16-9, 2.03, and he led the circuit in wins, innings (169) and strikeouts (180) while finishing second in ERA. He was 9-7, 3.94 with a 115-45 strikeout-walk ratio in 125 innings for Double-A Reading

This is what I like is the fact that his best pitch is a sinker. He could be a young Mark Buerhle. And Buerhle has done quite well in a very comparable ballpark. And he throws an above average change-up, curve and slider, Nice!

Superdude
08-05-2007, 12:41 AM
This is what I like is the fact that his best pitch is a sinker. He could be a young Mark Buerhle.

Great comp. They're almost identical as far a stuff goes. Setting the bar awfully high, but it sure sounds nice.

indy_dave00
08-05-2007, 10:27 AM
The Chattanooga announcer raved about Maloney's nasty slider and wicked curve. He pitched very well in his first start though he lost 1-0. In 7 innings he allowed 6 hit , 1 run , 1 walk and struckout 10 . Will be very interested in how he does in 2nd outing which should be today or tomorrow.

Mario-Rijo
08-06-2007, 02:50 PM
I would be cognizant of what types of hits he's giving up (LD's & FB's to GB's) and the defense behind him per start. Those might help to indicate whether or not he's doing well or just getting lucky/unlucky.

dougdirt
08-06-2007, 02:56 PM
I would be cognizant of what types of hits he's giving up (LD's & FB's to GB's) and the defense behind him per start. Those might help to indicate whether or not he's doing well or just getting lucky/unlucky.

http://www.minorleaguesplits.com/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?pl=476011&tm=ReaEL&bp=p&bip=1

For his balls in play types before coming to the Reds.

Mario-Rijo
08-06-2007, 03:25 PM
http://www.minorleaguesplits.com/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?pl=476011&tm=ReaEL&bp=p&bip=1

For his balls in play types before coming to the Reds.

Wow, thanks DD. That's a very interesting read right there, and just about as I thought. Nice GB #'s and very few LD's also a decent little # of pop ups, but not good in the flyball department. Although I guess it makes sense that most guys at that level have not maximized their strength yet, so it stands to reason that he is getting outs w/ nearly 2/3 of his flyballs.

That's the thing IMO he needs to work on getting more sink, more often and then he could be succesful at this level. Or in other words getting more GB's and less FB's, that might be easier said than done. This may just be an issue of maximizing his velocity if possible or waiting for it to develop a tad more. Here's to hoping someone down there can help him find that extra velocity/sink.

Mario-Rijo
08-06-2007, 06:47 PM
A snippet from 1st inning.com

Minor Leaguers Involved in Deadline Deals (http://http://firstinning.com/content/200707149)


Matt Maloney
The 23-year-old left-handed pitcher was dominant last year and has handled the jump to more age-approrpiate competition at Double-A this year. Maloney has maintained a healthy strikeout rate but occasional control problems and flyball tendencies don't bode well for his future at the hitter-friendly park in Cincinnati. His upside isn't high, but a durable left-handed pitcher at this level has a reasonable chance of seeing some time in a major league bullpen next year.

Gallen5862
09-26-2007, 07:54 PM
29 Matthew Maloney P L L 6' 4" 220 23 01-16-1984 Active No
http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Matthew%20Maloney&pos=P&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=476011
Matthew Maloney * 29 | P
Status: Active

Louisville Bats
Triple-A International League
MLB Parent Club: Cincinnati

Stats
ERA:
3.18W-L:
2-1SV:
0SO:
23 Bookmark Player
Full Name: Matthew M. Maloney
Born: 01/16/1984
Birthplace: Huron, OH
College: Mississippi
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 220
Bats: L
Throws: L


2007 Season
Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
REA EAS 9 7 3.94 21 21 1 0 0 125.2 117 70 55 13 45 115 0.87 .246
CHA SOU 2 2 2.57 4 4 0 0 0 28.0 17 9 8 4 3 39 0.96 .175
LOU INT 2 1 3.18 3 3 0 0 0 17.0 10 6 6 2 6 23 0.93 .169
Minors 13 10 3.64 28 28 1 0 0 170.2 144 85 69 19 54 177 0.89 .228

Last 10 Games: (Current team only)
Date OPP W L ERA SV IP H ER BB SO
Aug 23 @COL 0 1 3.00 0 6.0 3 2 2 8
Aug 28 TOL 1 0 7.20 0 5.0 4 4 3 10
Sep 02 IND 1 0 0.00 0 6.0 3 0 1 5
Totals 2 1 3.18 0 17.0 10 6 6 23

*
Splits: (Current team only)
Entire Season W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
Starter 2 1 3.18 3 3 0 0 0 17.0 10 6 6 2 6 23 0.93 .169
vs Left 0.00 3.1 1 0 0 0 0 6 1.50 .091
vs Right 3.95 13.2 9 6 6 2 6 17 0.85 .188
Home Games 2 0 3.27 2 2 0 0 0 11.0 7 4 4 1 4 15 0.50 .184
Away Games 0 1 3.00 1 1 0 0 0 6.0 3 2 2 1 2 8 2.67 .143
Night Games 2 1 3.18 3 3 0 0 0 17.0 10 6 6 2 6 23 0.93 .169
On Grass 2 1 3.18 3 3 0 0 0 17.0 10 6 6 2 6 23 0.93 .169
August 1 1 4.91 2 2 0 0 0 11.0 7 6 6 2 5 18 1.00 .179
September 1 0 0.00 1 1 0 0 0 6.0 3 0 0 0 1 5 0.86 .150
Post All-Star 2 1 3.18 3 3 0 0 0 17.0 10 6 6 2 6 23 0.93 .169
Ahead in Count 1.08 8.1 1 1 1 0 0 13 2.25 .040
Behind in Count 7.71 2.1 7 2 2 1 6 1 0.20 .500
Bases Empty 0.00 10.1 7 0 0 0 3 16 0.60 .175
Runners On 8.10 6.2 3 6 6 2 3 7 1.60 .158
Scoring Position 13.50 4.0 3 6 6 2 1 6 3.00 .200
Season Totals 2 1 3.18 3 3 0 0 0 17.0 10 6 6 2 6 23 0.93 .169

2006 Season:
Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
LAK SAL 16 9 2.03 27 27 2 1 0 168.2 120 54 38 5 73 180 1.11 .194
Minors 16 9 2.03 27 27 2 1 0 168.2 120 54 38 5 73 180 1.11 .194

Biography:
Phillies 3rd round pick in June 2005 draft...EDUCATION: Attended University of Mississippi.
Highlights:
Made pro debut with Batavia (A)...Earned first pro win, 7/17 vs Staten Island...Went 2-1 with a 3.89 ERA in eight starts (37 IP)...Struck out 36 while walking 15.
Awards/Honors:
null null
08/24/2007 EAS Post-Season All-Star
07/11/2007 EAS Mid-Season All-Star
09/22/2006 Baseball America Low Class A All-Star
08/29/2006 SAL Most Outstanding Pitcher
08/29/2006 SAL Post-Season All-Star
06/20/2006 SAL Mid-Season All-Star

fearofpopvol1
09-29-2007, 07:04 PM
My friend who works in the Phillies organization (and happens to be close to Maloney) said this about him...

"Matt is definitely pumped to make the team next year, thats his plan anyway. He is such a geniune guy.

Matt went to Huron. Then he went to college at Ole Mississippi. He kind of knew the trade was coming and was really happy when the Reds got him. He didn't want to go to a team out west or anything like that. The Phillies kind of jerked him around for a little and he was pretty upset when Kendrick got the call over him. It's worked out better for the Phillies, I think, because he has been pretty solid for a 22 yr. old. Matt knows his time will come, just needs to be patient."

fearofpopvol1
03-28-2008, 04:04 PM
Another update...my friend (that I spoke of in the above post) said that apparently, Dusty asked Matt to try to shave off some lbs before his first scheduled start and it kind of freaked him out. He said he had the big league jitters and is aware that that hurt him.