All Things Astros and a whole lot more
by Dan Peschong
Weird how potential topics come up for blog postings….this one came up just because of a previous article by Chip on the Rule 5 draft.
It bothered me that Jake Buchanan, who I had perceived as having good value to the Astros was not put on the 40 Man Roster and thus was placed at risk of being picked up by another organization. Luckily, Jake successfully made it through and the team has kept a potential future starting pitcher or at least a solid chip to pair up in a future trade.
When I was looking up Buchanan’s recent stats one of the things that struck me was the similarity of those stats to another minor league pitcher – one who was protected on the 40 Man Roster – Asher Wojciechowski.
Both guys pitched at AA and AAA last season. Wojalphabet was 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA at Corpus before spending the majority of the season at OKC posting a 9-7 and a 3.56 ERA.
Jake the Snake spent more time at CC with a 7-2 record and a 2.09 ERA before finishing the season at OKC with a 5-5 record and a 3.89 ERA.
Considering Buchanan is almost a year younger than Asher W. – it made me wonder what criteria was used to pick which one to expose and which one to protect. (Yes, this is not exactly Sophie’s Choice – but I am supposing that it was not an easy decision). So here are some thoughts on each.
The case for Wojciechowski
The case for Buchanan
Maybe this one came down to the anti-Moneyball test – what the scouts eyeballs reported or the radar guns recorded. So, what do you think – did the team protect the right guy?