The Rangers claimed Rule 5 righty Seth Rosin, and the White Sox claimed reliever Javy Guerra from the Dodgers on Wednesday. While Guerra seemed to be a lost cause for the Dodgers, Rosin on the other hand was coming out of a very good spring training and was one player I really wanted to see make it.
Rosin would have been a good addition to the bullpen and a great weapon to have in your back pocket. Being a former starter for the Phillies double A club last year means he could go out for more than an inning of work. While he may not have been headed to being a top of the rotation starter, he was defiantly on his way to being an above average reliever, with Rosin dropping his below average changeup, and sticking to a really good fastball-slider combination instead. Look at how Chris Withrow has gone from starting to relieving for example.
With the Dodgers pitching coaches with him, and the fact the Rosin is only 25 years old, I feel that the Dodgers could be missing out on a really good piece in the pen for a years to come. The Dodgers also paid the Mets $50 thousand dollars to pick Rosin in the Rule 5 Draft. I know money doesn’t matter to the Dodgers, but I just thought I’d throw it out there that they are literally throwing that money in the trash, but I guess that’s nothing new.
Two factors kept Rosin from making the Dodgers. One happens to be that the Dodgers have a really good bullpen already. It’s hard to find room for a spot when you have proven pitchers like Rodriguez, Howell, Withrow, Perez, Wilson and Jansen. So I can see, from the Dodgers front office point of view, why a pitcher like Rosin is expendable. To them it doesn’t really matter that they spent $50 thousand dollars on a player to pitch four spring training games just to give him away to the Rangers. After all the Dodgers have wasted a lot more money than that on below average players.
Speaking of wasting money on below average players, that brings me to reason number two, Brandon League. Instead of having a pitcher that could be useful like Rosin in the pen, the Dodgers are burning $7.5 million dollars a year, for two more agonizing years, for a pitcher that even they don’t really want to use. Now, who’s to say for certain that Rosin would still be a Dodger even if League wasn’t on the team, but League is using up a roster spot that could definitely go to someone more deserving of it. Instead of having a spot for a young player hungry for a chance in the Majors, the spot is wasting away on a player who’s walking the shores of Southern California looking for his career because it’s washed up.
predicted this would happen back in his February article for the LA Times. At the end he made a great point of another pitcher who had a good spring and didn’t make the team.
“Now, the Dodgers will tell you these things have a way of working themselves out, though certainly not always. Last year Kevin Gregg was terrific in the spring and Manager Don Mattingly wanted to keep him. Instead, he was let go. He went on to sign with the Cubs and became their closer, saving 33 games.”
While the Dodgers can’t change the past, and unfortunately had to let Rosin go, I wish him good luck with the Rangers. I’ll be looking for his name in the box scores.
On Thursday the Mets selected right-handed pitcher Seth Rosin from the Phillies in the Rule 5 Draft. Then they immediately traded him to the Dodgers for cash.
Rosin, who was 9-6 with a 4.33 ERA in 23 starts in double a last season, will have to remain on the Dodgers active 25 man roster, or disabled list, all season. If the Dodgers went to send him down they’ll have to offer him back to Phillis for 25,000.
I don’t know much about Rosin so, instead of pretending I do, here is his bio from baseball-reference.
Born in North Dakota, he went to high school near St. Paul, MN, where he was drafted in the 28th round in 2007 by the hometown Minnesota Twins. Choosing to attend the University of Minnesota instead, he was 1-1 with two saves and a 4.34 ERA as a freshman in 2008. He improved to 7-1, 4.21 as a sophomore. He had a 9-4, 4.72 record as a junior. He led the Big Ten Conference in innings (103), tied for second in wins and tied Matt Bischoff for the most strikeouts (95). He was a 4th round choice by the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 amateur draft. The scout was Lou Colletti.
In his first professional season, Seth was 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in 6 games for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at the end of 2010. He returned for a full season with the Augusta Greenjackets of the South Atlantic League in 2011, where he was used as a swingman. In 39 appearances, he made 10 starts and pitched 89 innings, ending up with a record of 2-3, 3.34. Moving up to the San Jose Giants of the California League in 2012, he got to close games on a regular basis, picking up 12 saves in 34 games while going 2-1, 4.31. On July 31st, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies along with OF Nate Schierholtz and C Tommy Joseph in return for OF Hunter Pence.”
For a scouting report on Rosin, I went to phuturephillies.com.
The fastball usually sits 90-91 but he gotten stronger deeper into games sitting more around 93 in later innings (at times touching as high as 95). The slider has progressed to at least an average pitch and the changeup might eventually reach average. The raw stuff plays up because Rosin can consistently throw it for strikes and from his large frame he can get good plane on his pitches. Rosin has a large frame that suggests he can be a workhorse out of the rotation and he has started to prove that not only can he keep velocity but he can add some too over a game.
Rosin is not over powering but he will strikeout his share of batters. The biggest thing is that he does not walk very many batters. If you take away his start on May 15 when he walked 5 batters Rosin has walked 6 batters over 47.1 IP good for a 1.14 BB/9.”
One of the interesting facts I did find out about is that, the scout who was responsible for the Giants drafting Rosin was Lou Colletti. That’s right, none other than the son of the Dodgers current GM, Ned Colletti, and knowing that definitely brings this move into the light. With Rule 5 daft players rarely panning out, this is more likely a favor from Net to Lou, with a nice Xmas card on the side.
The Dodgers also picked up Sam Demel. For more on that check out mikesciosciastragicillness.com.