Purgatory Online

Thursday, March 31, 2005

I'm a little mystified at the acquisition of Bret Prinz for the bullpen. Though the Angels only gave up Wil Nieves, who was well down the depth chart at catcher, Prinz appears to be a real gamble:

2001: 41.0 IP, 33 H, 4 HR, 12 ER, 19 BB, 27 K, 2.63 ERA
2002: 13.1 IP, 23 H, 1 HR, 14 ER, 10 BB, 10 K, 9.45 ERA
2003: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 1 HR, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 12.00 ERA
2004: 28.1 IP, 28 H, 5 HR, 16 ER, 14 BB, 22 K, 5.08 ERA
2005 (ST): 5.1 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 8.44 ERA

Prinz's 2003 line can be excused because he missed most of that year with a groin injury. But after a terrific rookie season, he's pretty much stunk on ice in 2002 and 2004, too. And those numbers don't have anything to do with injury, they have to do with his command of the strike zone. If Bud Black can get Prinz's head screwed on straight, this could work out - but overall I'd rather have seen Woods get a shot at it. Woods has the added advantage of being a lefty, which I know isn't supposed to matter to Scioscia. But if Scioscia doesn't care about lefty-lefty matchups, then why do I still wake up at night hearing "Jarrod Washburn is coming in to face David Ortiz?"

Anyway, Prinz is scheduled to pitch in relief during the Angels' Cactus League finale against the Brewers later today. We'll see...