Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ones that Got Away: Ross Ohlendorf

Previous Segments: Jose TabataIan Kennedy, and Austin Jackson
In these segments I will detail former Yankee prospects who were traded and have since become successful players for other teams.  The fourth in this series will be Ross Ohlendorf

Trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates: Ohlendorf, Jose Tabata, Jeff Karstens, and Daniel McCutchen for Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady

Background: Ross Ohlendorf was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 4th round of the 2004 MLB draft.  He was drafted out of the prestigious Princeton University.  He spent 3 years in the Diamondbacks minor league system before being traded to the Yankees in the trade that brought Randy Johnson back to Arizona.  Once in the Yankee system, in 2007, he went a combined 4-4 with a 4.81 ERA at two different levels.  He then made his major league debut for the Yankees on September, 11th 2007.  In his major league stint in 2007 he appeared in 6 games, all in relief, finishing with a 2.84 ERA.  In 2008, he started the season at Yankees AAA affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes Barre.  He only started 5 games at the minor league level that season, going 1-1 with a 4.03 ERA.  He was then called up to the big leagues and over 25 relief appearances, went 1-1 with a 6.53 ERA.  Then in July of 2008 he was traded to Pittsburgh.

Since being trade: Upon being trade to Pittsburgh in 2008 he was sent to their AAA affiliate.  There he posted a 4-3 record with a 3.47 ERA in 7 starts.  He was then called up to the big leagues for good.  In 5 starts for the Pirates that season he went 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA.  For Ohlendorf 2009 was hit coming out party.  In 29 starts for the Pirates he went 11-10 with a very respectable 3.92 ERA.  However, 2010 was not as kind to Ross.  Although he had a decent 4.07 ERA in his 21 starts, he had an awful 1-11 record.  This season has not been any kinder to him.  His ERA has skyrocketed to 7.27 with no decisions in the only 2 games he has started.
'Comments on Trade: In the Jose Tabata edition of "Ones that Got Away" I stated that giving up Tabata was too much.  While in hindsight this may have been true it looks as if Cashman made the right move to trade Ohlendorf at the time.  Although he has had two decent seasons I am not sure he will be a stable starter long term.  At this point he may or may not have made the Yankees rotation and would probably not be any better an option than Ivan Nova at this point.  Therefore, selling high on Ohlendorf looks like the right move although he could very well prove me wrong and go on to have a very decent MLB career.

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