Originally posted on 22gigantes  |  Last updated 12/8/11

Rojas has a fastball that touches the mid-90s.

The San Francisco Giants already have Angel Pagan (and possibly some extra cash or even a player to be named later), but that wasn’t enough. They had to go and snag right-handed pitcher Luis Rojas from the Mets in today’s Rule 5 draft in Dallas.

Maybe it’s because the Mets got Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez in the Pagan trade on Wednesday. Maybe Brian Sabean is still reeling from the loss of top pitching prospect, Zack Wheeler, who was traded to the Mets for two months of Carlos Beltran. I don’t know. Maybe Sabean and Mets GM Sandy Alderson just don’t like each other.

One thing’s for sure. The Giants just got a talented, young pitcher in Rojas, who the Mets left exposed in today’s draft. (Rojas must stay with the Giants for the entire season, or be offered back to the Mets.)

Rojas, 22, was signed by the Mets at age 17 and has been acclimating himself to professional baseball ever since. He spent the first three years in the Gulf League (Rookie) where he went a combined 7-6 with a 6.30 ERA and 1.904 WHIP. His strikeout rate was impressive (9.0 K/9 IP), but his walk rate (9.2 BB/9) was horrendous.

Still, the Mets promoted Rojas to the Sally League (A) at age 20 and he improved, going 3-5 with a much lower 4.28 ERA and 1.646 WHIP. Those numbers are certainly not impressive by any stretch of the imagination, but the Giants say they like his arm and believe he could be a sleeper. Of course, they’ll have to work with him to get his pitches under control.

Rojas has a fastball that reaches the mid-90s and one scout said he was probably miscast as a mop up reliever by the Mets organization.

When it’s all said and done, Rojas could turn out to be a bust. But, then, so could Wheeler.

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