When the Padres recalled Anthony Bass on Monday (he won his debut — congrats on that) to replace the injured Aaron Harang, they had to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Bass. To do so, they severed ties with another pitcher named Aaron.
The Padres DFA’d Aaron Poreda, who was the centerpiece of the trade that sent Jake Peavy to the White Sox in July 2009. It has been a long time since I’ve thought of Poreda in those terms, but other people have reminded me, so I guess we might as well acknowledge it.
As a pitcher, Poreda had a few things going for him:
- Big, young, strong
- Former first-round pick
He also had one glaring weakness:
- Can’t actually pitch
My assessment of Poreda from March 2010:
Poreda throws the ball hard and all over the place, sort of like ex-Padre Wil Ledezma. Poreda, a former first-round pick out of
Pepperdine, works in the mid-90s, rare velocity for a southpaw. He owns a sparkly career ERA (3.12) in 314.1 IP, but relatively weak peripherals (3.58 BB/9, 7.85 K/9). In 2009, split between Double-A and Triple-A, Poreda’s walk rate ballooned to a John D’Acquistoish 6.31 BB/9. That usually doesn’t work. Poreda’s career, like his fastball, could go in many different directions. He could be Al Leiter, he could be Al Hrabosky, he could be Al Bundy.
And as Ledezma will tell you, all the velocity in the world won’t help a guy find home plate… Maybe someone can teach Poreda how to pitch. I hope so.
Meanwhile, the Padres also received Clayton Richard in the Peavy trade. Richard isn’t the world’s most exciting player (except perhaps when he throws to a base), but he is useful enough at the back end of a big-league rotation. He also isn’t guaranteed $37 million through 2013 or a disciple of the Ben Sheets School of Health and Durability, which is a plus.
But yeah, it would have been nice to get something out of Poreda. Hey, at least we have the memory of Robbie Beckett to comfort us…
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- Trevor Hoffman Interview: Part 1 (Cave Blog). Hoffman identifies Colorado’s Todd Helton as a hitter who gave him fits.
- The All-Star Game: Three Simple Fixes (Platoon Advantage). Those who care about the All-Star Game may enjoy this.
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