Rays Sign RP Jay Buente, Designate Delaney
Good news all around it seems. Andy Sonnanstine‘s start against the Tigers last night got rained out. He was getting shelled so it’s a good thing. I’m still hoping we’ll bring someone up from the minors to replace him. Sorry Andy, but you are a gas can. I profiled him earlier this month, pointing out his FanGraph that showed his velocity continues to drop. Loyalty can only go so far, and while I feel for Sonny, I really don’t want to turn on another game and see him as the starting pitcher.
Jay Buente was claimed off waivers after the Florida Marlins designated him for assignment and Rob Delaney was designated. Buente was sent down to the Durham Bulls to get some work. So what is it the Rays see in Buente?
He’s only pitched 14 innings in the bigs in his career and his numbers are far from impressive. Buente has struggled with his command, with nine strikeouts and 11 walks in 11 innings of work this year for Florida. A look at his minor league numbers show some promise however.
He doesn’t give up a lot of home runs. His K/9 is pretty solid and at least in the minors his control didn’t seem to be an issue. Of course facing the best hitters in baseball that is bound to change, but at least there is some promise.
One other thing to note; Buente has a few saves under his belt, but I’m pretty sure the Rays are looking at him simply has bullpen depth and not the closers role.