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- The Indians claimed Rick VandenHurk off waivers from the Blue Jays. He’ll probably be with their AAA Columbus Clippers affiliate.
- The Orioles signed Dontrelle Willis to a minor-league deal after he was released by the Phillies. The plan is to turn him into a left-handed relief specialist. He didn’t pitch much or well with the Phillies in their spring, so most likely will start the season in Norfolk or Bowie to work out the kinks.
- The Orioles also signed Josh Barfield, the former Padres and Indians second baseman. Barfield played with Lehigh Valley last season, and hadn’t been signed until now. I would assume Barfield was signed to play at Norfolk, and may mean that Ryan Adams will see time at other positions.
Can he pitch in the major leagues?
VandenHurk, whom I thought was a so-so prospect last year, did almost nothing in 2011 to change that opinion. He was the only Tide to stay in the starting rotation all season (26 starts, 0 relief appearances, 154 innings), thereby demonstrating his durability. He showed good control (40 walks in those 154 innings) but not much ability to miss bats (108 strikeouts in those 154 innings.) Essentially, his outlook is the same as last year’s — given the right opportunity and luck, he could have a three-to-five-year major league career as a back-of-the-rotation starter.
In 2011, I saw Rick VandenHurk make 11 starts. In ten of those starts, he pitched at least six innings (he went five in the eleventh.) In the first six innings of games, VandenHurk had a 2.77 ERA. In those games, he pitched 2 1/3 innings in the seventh inning or later, and gave up 7 runs in those 2 1/3 innings.
VandenHurk has signed with the Blue Jays for 2012 and was added to their 40-man roster.