As Pittsburgh Pirates fans, we all know how Wandy Rodriguez is doing. It’s hard to judge the impact of a trade after such a short period of time, but let’s have some fun with small sample sizes, shall we?.
Wandy has given us that ‘meh’ feeling. Sometimes he looks brilliant. Especially when he rocks the double ear flaps. But at other key times, he has been hit hard. Hence the ‘meh’… we said we didn’t think he was going to pitch like the pitcher he has been in the past, and he hasn’t. But there is still time for us to be proven wrong, so that’s our take on that side of the trade.
Now, let’s look at the prospects the Astros got in return. They have settled in to their new surroundings, and it has been eye opening.
None bigger than Rudy Owens at Oklahoma City. The left hander has struggled in a big way for the Astros Triple-A club. Over three starts, Owens has pitched 15 innings and allowed 17 hits and given up 12 earned runs. The longball has hurt Owens, as he has given up four bombs while striking out just seven and walking nine.
Robbie Grossman has some decent production, just looking at his numbers. The player that tortured pitchers in his second year in A-level ball last season has made 68 plate appearances with 16 hits, three doubles, a triple – but no homers and just one run driven in, while uncharacteristically striking out 17 times and drawing just ten walks.
The one player that we weren’t crazy about moving was Colton Cain. The lefty has made two starts, going ten innings giving up six earned runs and eleven hits. Cain has struckout ten and walked three.