Tuesday July 14, 2009
Yesterday mlbtraderumors.com reported that Sean Gallagher would be the player to be named later in the trade that sent fan favorite Scott Hairston from the Padres to the Oakland A's.
John Sickels of minorleagueball.com had a great article on Gallagher in March of this year. He said Gallagher's potential has been compared by Pecota to Brad Penny, Jeff Suppan and Jake Peavy among others. Sickels sees Gallagher as being an inning eating #3 starter.
Gallagher, a 12th round pick out of high school by the Cubs in 2004, throws a 90-93 mph sinking fastball with a plus curve, slider, and change up. He was the centerpiece of the trade that sent Rich Harden to the Cubs during the 2008 season.
This season the 23 year old Gallagher has a 8.16 in 2 starts and 6 appearances for the A's and 1.74 era in 5 starts with the A's triple A farm team in Sacramento. He is currently on the DL with a strained knee.
So we may be looking at Peavy and Young followed by some combination of Gallagher/Latos/Correia/Baek/Stauffer as the 2010 Padres starting rotation?
Not too bad.
Now will the Padres have any hitters?