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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Astros gain value for Wandy Rodriguez
Early in his career, Wandy Rodriguez was considered a borderline talent. His curveball would often sit in the zone and get hammered, or he would miss and have to throw strikes, and his fastball would get hammered.
But the Astros didn't give up! They kept running him out there, and got cheap production over many years, and he developed into a quality starter.
With a quality contract! Now the Astros have moved that contract, and in addition to not having to pay it, they have received good prospects!
Robbie Grossman is an intelligent player with plus-defense who is a little light in the contact and power departments. Intelligent players improve more than others, so he has a good chance to make it.
Colton Cain has shown some good strikeout rates, but needs to improve control.
And Rudy Owens is a major-league-ready left-hander who succeeds with command rather than velocity, much like Wandy Rodriguez.
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