Matt Maloney coming back. AA LHP.
Matt Maloney coming back. AA LHP.
The Phillies, seeking to upgrade their rotation, have acquired Reds
right-hander Kyle Lohse for Class AA left-hander Matt Maloney,
according to a major-league source.
He's 6-4 and throws left handed and strikes out alot of people.
What's not to like?
I saw maloney pitch just a few weeks ago. He looked pretty solid, I could see him as a decent back of the rotation guy.
I'm not sure what you wanted. It's almost hard to believe that anyone was willing to give up something for Lohse....and this is all Lohse could get?
I'll take it. It's not like Lohse was going to be around next year. Let someone else worry about whether they are getting the good Lohse or the bad Lohse every five days.
Maloney, Matt, LHP (age 23) Grade = B
On paper, Maloney should be an A++. He put up a sparking 2.03 ERA in 168.2 IP in 2006, allowed only 120 hits and struck out 180 batters, en route to helping lead the Blueclaws to the SAL title. However, there are some problems, in my view. First, he was 22 the entire year, on the high end of the prospect spectrum. College pitchers should dominate at low A, and Maloney did. The second problem, which ties in with the third, is his walk rate. He walked 73 in the 168.2 IP, which is a lot of walks. This ties in with the third problem, his mediocre stuff. He has a deceptive delivery (but it looks max effort to me, which could be a problem), and he relies on his slow curveball to get outs. The problem is, at higher levels, batters are less likely to swing at breaking balls out of the zone. Most guys with fringe stuff are pinpoint control guys, like Kevin Slowey and Jeremy Sowers, and scouts even question their success at higher levels. For a guy with an 86-89 MPH fastball, even for a lefty, I think he’s going to need to really refine his control at the higher levels, or he’s going to hit a wall quickly. Because he clearly didn’t belong in the SAL, we’ll have to see how he does against better competition. I’m not writing him off, though my writeup seems harsh, but I want to see him dominate (or at least pitch well) at higher levels against more advanced hitters. If his control improves, so will his grade.
Ceiling: Because of the lack of a high quality fastball or above average stuff, his ceiling is probably as a 4th/5th starter.
Floor: Brian Mazone without the steroids?
Conclusion: Finesse pitchers are really tough to figure out and project. If his control improves, he’s got a much better shot to reach his ceiling. If it doesn’t improve, he looks more like a AAAA pitcher, or maybe a possible reliever down the road. His 2007 should land him in Reading, where he’ll be the proper age for his level, and will be facing much more advanced prospects. If he repeats his numbers from 2006, he’ll be a legit prospect, and the ceiling might even improve.
So far in 2007 while pitching at Reading his walk rate has declined (gotten better). In 2006 he was at 10.3% BB/PA. In 2007 it has lowered to 8.3% BB/PA. His strikeout rate has also declined (gotten worse) but not substantially so. His 2007 FIP ERA(similar to DIPS) is 3.97. These numbers are from www.firstinning.com.
Last edited by texasdave; 07-30-2007 at 04:01 PM.
glad to see they unloaded lohse.
Great post on ORG stating this was a "solid single" for WK...couldn't have put it any better.
Heck, even Falls City Beers liked the move.
Im just happy that hes gone