Marc Rzepczynski Trade Analysis

The Indians have acquired LHP Marc Rzepczynski from the St. Louis Cardinals for Low-A 2B Juan Herrera. Rzepczynski (pronounced zep-CHIN-skee) will report to Cleveland tonight from AAA Memphis, where he was currently assigned.

In need of a LOOGY, the Indians acquire one without giving up much in return. Rzepczynski has spent the majority of the 2013 season with the AAA Memphis Redbirds (44 innings) and a little time with the Cardinals (10.1 innings). He is not your typical LOOGY, however, as he is not an extreme groundball pitcher and his walk rate has always been somewhat a concern.

His career walk rate of 3.95 BB/9 probably raises eyebrows at first glance. In fact, he was right around par with his career average at AAA this season (3.68 BB/9). So obviously, control is certainly the main issue with Rzepczynski and a reason why he was not in the Cardinals bullpen this season.

Most importantly, Rzepczynski is also under team control through 2015, a positive sign in the roster flexibility category. With not many LOOGY's in the farm system, Rzepczynski could fill that role for the next several seasons. You have to give the front office credit for finding a player that can have an impact both this season and in future seasons.

With all the numbers aside, the Indians made this deal because the asking price was not as high for Rzepczynski as it is/was for LHP Javier Lopez or LHP Josh Outman.

With all the teams in contention this season, finding under-valued commodities turns into the strategy of choice for organizations which are buyers.

Mike Melaragno

About Mike Melaragno

A 2010 graduate of Lee University, Mike loves writes about the game he loves most-- baseball. From an early age, he learned to live and die with the Tribe-- mostly die. Died a little when they lost the 1997 World Series in extra innings; died a lot when they were one game away from advancing to the fall classic in 2007 but fell to the Red Sox in game seven of the ALCS. He currently resides in Northeast Ohio.