You read that correctly. Just when it seemed the "old" Ned Colletti was gone, he sprouts up again.
Sulbaran, 19, was signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela in 2011. He was one of the Loons' most consistent pitchers this season. In 92 2/3 innings, Sulbaran had some impressive numbers:
He compares favorably to Julio Urias -- physically. That's pretty much where the comparison stops. He's 5'10, 185 pounds, but doesn't have the velocity and command of multiple pitches the now-17-year-old does.
Look, I understand Sulbaran is probably nothing more than a reliever in the majors -- if he even gets there -- but the fact the Dodgers traded him for one of the worst hitters in MLB history is mind-boggling.
Seriously, Butera has the third-worst OPS+ among players with 500 or more plate appearances in MLB history. Some in this exclusive club include Kevin Cash (2002-10, 37 OPS+), Donnie Sadler (1998-2007, 39) and failed former super prospect Brandon Wood (2007-11, 40).
It doesn't have anything to do with the fact the Dodgers traded Sulbaran. He's a decent arm whom I ranked at No. 20 (and No. 30 before the season). His 87-91 MPH fastball isn't going to blow hitters away, but he controls it well enough to go with his low-70s fastball, a changeup and an extremely fringy slider.
Butera, 30, will probably not don a Dodger uniform, so the Dodgers effective gave away Sulbaran for a no-hit (literally) catcher. Do not like.
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