Originally posted on Mr. Irrelevant  |  Last updated 12/22/11
Goodbye, A.J. Cole, Derek Norris, Brad Peacock and Tommy Milone. Hello, Gio Gonzalez. Who were those first four guys again? Just four of the Nats’ top 10 prospects — three starting pitchers and a C/1B. All four are predicted by John Sickels, who knows stuff, to “have a good chance to enjoy successful careers.” (Gulp.) And who’s Gonzalez? He’s a 26-year-old lefty who put up impressive numbers the past two years in Oakland (15-9, 3.23 ERA, 171 K in 2010; 16-12, 3.12 ERA, 197 K in ‘11). The advanced stats aren’t quite so pretty, though, as he walks more than four batters per nine innings and his FIP was 3.78 and 3.64 the past two years. Who knows what moving out of pitcher-friendly Oakland and into the pitcher-friendly NL does for him. And who knows what to think about this deal. The Nats got themselves a known quantity, a solid No. 3 starter for a rotation without many known quantities. It took four guys who may or may not make it someday. I’m not sure I like it, but I am sure it says something.
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