May 21, 1985
1st round, 2006 by DET;
3rd round, 2003 by TB
Acquired from Florida for
Richardson (Nov. 2010); signed to a minor league
deal (Dec. 2010)
College: North Carolina
School: Buchholz (FL)
Traded to Baltimore for Eduardo Rodriguez (July 2014)
Former top prospect who has struggled with mechanical and control issues
throughout his career. Large frame. Relies heavily on his low-90s
fastball, which can get up to the mid-90s. Also throws a low-80s slider,
and in the past, has thrown a low-to-mid 80s changeup. Subpar command.
Good groundball rates. Works equally well against lefties and righties.
Has the potential to be a top-tier reliever if he hones his command.
The Book: Andrew Miller (5.30.11)