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A’s Send Ronald Herrera to San Diego as PTBNL

May 29, 2014

Well, this comes as a bit of a surprise. The A’s completed the trade for Kyle Blanks today by sending A-ball right-hander Ronald Herrera to San Diego. Herrera, who was ranked as the A’s 16th best prospect in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook is someone that has the makings of a big league starter as per scouts. Herrera was signed out of Venezuela and this year was slinging pitches for the Beloit Snappers of the Midwest League putting up a 3.38 ERA and 4.68 FIP in 50 2/3 innings across nine starts. His numbers were backed by 6.2 K/9, 1.8 BB/9 and 1.1 HR/9.

For what it is worth, Blanks has looked alright since moving up the coast to Oakland. In six games in the green and gold he has put together a .286/.375/.500 slash line in 16 plate appearances for 0.1 WAR with a .388 wOBA and 152 wRC+. Despite those good numbers, six games a season does not make, and Herrera coupled with Jake Goebbert (who has struggled to a .170/.273/.340 slash line in 55 plate appearances for an anemic .278 wOBA and 59 wRC+ for El Paso) seems an awful lot to pay for a failed prospect who has bounced back and forth between the pros, Triple-A and disabled list. Herrera is far away from the pros and plenty could go wrong yet – and we aren’t hoping for that – and perhaps Blanks blossoms into the bonafide star he once seemed destined to become, but right now it is looking overpayish and a little too much “win now” from Billy Beane for my tastes.

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