dillpickle wrote:By no means is Capellan an All Star, but considering he is still only 26, seems to have a good arm, and the price for any middle reliever is HUGE (i.e. Linebrink deal), to give up just one non-prospect for him made me happy. Even if the Tigers have to send Capellan down for a year to work on some things, his arm seems good enough to contribute in middle relief at some point. Cody will be bagging groceries in a couple years.
Three things (my opinions of course):
1. His fastball has always been overstated. We thought we were getting a true fireballer from ATL, we got a guy that hits 92, maybe 93, which leads to his next problem...
2. ...his slider doesn't do anything. He can't get it over for strikes, or if he does, it just spins and hangs. Combine a straight as a rope 92 mph fastball with a well below average secondary pitch, and it takes the luster of his arm a bit.
3. Cody may not become anything big, but he won't be bagging within a couple years. Lefties that have any success at any level (as he is having right now) get many many opportunities.