Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Lake Monsters Get Daal

The Burlington Lake Monsters have been looking for a SS since the defection of Ivan Ruiz to Columbus. With free agency winding down, they got their man - 7-year vet Bucky Daal - by trading 3 lefty pitching prospects to Syracuse.

Daal has a lifetime .832 OPS and posted career highs in average and RBI last season (.312 and 86) playing mostly CF for the Warriors. Defensively, he's adequate at best as a SS - a little short on range, a somewhat balky glove, and a strong but occasionally scattershooting arm.

The Monsters also get Carl Hume, a reliever with 2 very good pitches but lower than ideal splits. He posted a respectable 3.61 ERA for Syracuse last year to go along with 6 wins, but also lost 6 and blew 4 of 5 save opportunites.

Syracuse got 3 good prospects in the deal:
Bunny Munoz was a Season 9 2nd-rounder who has developed into a control/finesse specialist with a wicked sinking curveball. He'll open the season in the big league club's bullpen.
Khiry Robinson was a Season 14 1st-round pick. He's got the highest potential of the three...give him a couple more years in the minors and he could have excellent splits along with 4 decent quality pitches. He'll pitch in AAA this season.
Joaquin Polanco (originally a Season 10 2nd-round selection) also starts in AAA. He's reached his potential, but it's not bad: very good control, a fall-off-the table sinker, 2 more devent pitches and adequate splits. With 13 pitchers on the Opening Day roster, don't be surprised if Syracuse moves a pitcher or 2 to make room for this guy.

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