Thursday March 26, 2009
Yesterday the San Diego Padres made a real nice pickup.
They traded the proverbial PTBNL or Cash Considerations for a power throwing RHP named Eulogio De La Cruz.
Eulogio De La Cruz was mainly a starter in the minors and he throws 96-98 with occasional 100 mph pitches.
De La Cruz was signed as a free agent at 16 yrs old out of the Dominican Republic and spent the 1st 6 years of his professional career in the Detroit Tigers organization before heading to Florida in the Miguel Cabrera/Dontrelle Willis trade.
With the isotopes in Albuquerque in 2008 he was 13-8 with a 4.38 ERA in 25 starts in THE hardest minor league ballpark to pitch in.
He had 6 appearances with the Marlins last season, all in relief, and was hit hard. His 18.00 ERA in 9 innings does not look good, but his stuff is exceptional and he should benefit from pitching in the BEST pitchers park in major league baseball.
In my opinion he will be a great addition to the Padres bullpen and possibly the back end of the starting rotation if Baek, Correia and the rest of the guys in camp cannot get the job done.