A deeper look at Armando Galarraga

With Dontrelle Willis missing at least a couple starts while being on the 15-day disabled list, the Tigers have announced that they will call up Armando Galarraga to take his place in the rotation. As for Dontrelle Willis, hopefully the time off will allow him to not only heal but provide him with a chance to work on his control. The injury doesn’t sound serious enough that they believe it’ll take the full 15 days to recover allowing him some time to work on much needed improvements:

“We know he’s going to miss at least a start, and we don’t want to take any chances,” club president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “Hopefully, in 15 days, he’ll be ready.”

We can only hope he returns in full health and with all control issues figured out as the team needs it. For now Detroit will be filling his rotation Armando Galarraga who will be making only his second major league start. The Tigers acquired Galarraga from the Texas Rangers this past February, sending Michael Hernandez to Texas. A small trade that looks good now since Galarraga will be helping the big league club this year, Hernandez would not have been. At the time Dombrowski was positive on Armando as well:

“Galarraga is a quality prospect with a quality arm,” Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. “His acquisition adds depth to our roster, and he is a pitcher we feel will be able to help our club in the future.”

Thing is, Armando Galarraga isn’t exactly what I’d term a prospect any longer, and if so certainly not a top prospect. He started off with the Montreal Expos organization in 1998 as a nondrafted free agent. He did rather well when not injured and injuries continued to be his major issue through even the last few years. He gets a large number of strikeouts, something that followed him to the few innings he pitched in the major leagues but also something that makes him a bit more suited for the bullpen. Additionally, his splits don’t show a major difference between right handed batters and left handed batters but, unfortunately, aren’t great for either as well.

PECOTA (subscription) is far from positive on Armando and the same goes for Chone and ZiPS projections systems which put his projected ERA at 6.25 and 5.65 respectivly. I was surprised to see him selected to fill the rotation instead of other pitchers who Leyland has liked in the past such as Virgil Vasquez, but both have done very well in Toledo thus far.

Tigers will need him to pitch deep since we know that there isn’t the bullpen to continuously fill an entire nine innings.

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6 Responses to A deeper look at Armando Galarraga

  1. Galarragafan01 says:

    ha looks like you might have been wrong about galarraga

  2. Eric Jackson says:

    We’ll see how he holds up, but he did pitch well last night. I hope he continues it, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

  3. Yago says:

    That was a fair assessment by Jonah, Travis but I don’t think that the Tigers deefsne is going to be all that bad, although I would like to see a big left-handed bat in the lineup somewhere. They won 81 games last year with an injury-depleted lineup, so I don’t see why they can’t bump that up to 90+ with the additions that they’ve made, and in the Central Division that’s usually all it takes. Go Tigers!!

  4. Vic says:

    Really? REALLY? What does a Corvette have to do with losing out on a prcfeet game? And it’s not like he couldn’t afford one himself. Gallarrago made $435,000 last year. I’m not saying GM needs to give that car to a homeless guy or anything, but throwing money at professional baseball player who makes that much scratch rubs me the wrong way.Oh, and doesn’t GM owe quite a bit of money back to the US government as part of it’s bailout package? Or maybe the cost of this gift came out of Mark Reuss’ pocket? Not likely.

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  6. Vicuhda says:

    Interesting dilemma. I see a lot of seoinr EMS folks who can, and still do, what medics do every day. Many had 20+ years in the streets before they promoted inside, and (although many believe its true) newly promoted managers do not walk through a magnet and erase all that experience from their brains.But others have told me the problem is the reverse all the time I hear We promote our best clinicians and expect them to be good supervisors and managers, but it doesn’t seem to work! Not that they don’t have enough field experience, but that they have too much of that and not enough else.Could we have a systematic problem where we fail to develop individuals from the beginning to move progressively in to increasing leadership roles? I surely think that’s true.Could we have toxic work environments, where former peers are so hostile that newly promoted managers take on a bunker mentality (to avoid all the negativity), and thus fail to involve people who might notice that the coffee cup holder was omitted from the ambulance specification? Or do they get tired of the back-splash when the employee committee recommends a change in the layout of the ambulance box, and another group of employees hates it? And when the members of that committee conveniently forget that it was their recommendation?Being in the middle is not an easy place to be!

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