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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Maloney for Ward?

The Reds traded Zach Ward from Minnesota for Kyle Lohse on July 31 of last year. Take a look at Ward's stats compared to Matt Maloney's, the guy the Reds got for Lohse today:

Ward 2-14, 3.30 ERA, 101 IP, 94 hits, 24 BB, 84 Ks
Maloney 9-7 3.94 ERA, 125.2 IP, 117 hits, 45 BB, 115 Ks

Ward's record seems out of whack with the rest of his numbers. And he is pitching in the Single-A Florida State League, and Maloney was pitching in the Double-A Eastern League. Ward is two days older than Maloney. (Maloney and I share the same birthday -- 27 years apart).


More on Maloney:

Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Height/Weight: 6-4/220 pounds
Age: 23
Born/Resides: Huron, Ohio

Maloney was rated by Baseball America as the ninth-best prospect in the Phillies' farm system this year.

Philadelphia selected him in the third round of the 2005 draft out of the University of Mississippi. Baseball America rated him as the 106th best prospect in that draft.

Last season with Single-A Lakewood, he led the South Atlantic League in victories (16), strikeouts (180) and innings pitched (168-2/3), was tied for first with two complete games and second in the league with a 2.08 ERA. He held opponents to a .194 batting average, struck out 10 batters in a game three times, and at one point made 12 consecutive quality starts.

In 21 starts with Double-A Reading this season, Maloney was 9-7 with a 3.94 ERA, 115 strikeouts to 45 walks, 13 home runs allowed and a .246 batting average against. He leads the Eastern League in innings pitched (125-2/3) and ranks fourth in strikeouts.

The Reds will assign him to Double-A Chattanooga.

Here's an excerpt of an article Joe Adelizzi of the Asbury Park Press wrote in advance of the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in June 2006.....

"Perhaps it goes back to his Little League days when his father, Joe, of Huron, Ohio, began teaching him how to pitch.

"He was my coach and the first one to help me understand what pitching was about," Maloney said. "He didn't force me to be a pitcher. But when he saw that was what I wanted to do, he guided me."

His father taught him well, said BlueClaws manager Dave Huppert.

"He has three pitches, and he is close to mastering all of them," said Huppert, a former catcher who has seen some top guys in his 30 years in the games.

Maloney knows everything works off the fastball. He is not overpowering, although he can break 90 on the radar guns around the league. But he understands the value of location. It has served him well.

"If I can move my fastball around in the strike zone it makes my curve and changeup more effective,' said Maloney, who is 6-4 and weighs 220 pounds. It is not one of those chiseled athletic bodies, but it seems like one made for pitching.

"He may not look very athletic, but he seems to know what he is doing on the mound," said Murray Cook, a scout for the Boston Red Sox who has been following the BlueClaws for the last two weeks. "He has mound presence, something rare at this level."

Huppert senses something else about Maloney that he likes.

"He gets extra tough when men are on base. He goes to a level higher. That's an awful good sign," Huppert said.


10 Comments:

at 4:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not bad, a decent left hander pitching prospect for Lohse. It's frankly a better deal than I thought they would get for Lohse.

 
at 4:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So who starts in place of Lohse? Phil or Homer? With Harange missing one start I guess we will see Phil at some point for Louisville.

Adrian

 
at 5:08 PM Blogger Rob Dicken said...

All we did with this, is free up $4.5 million of payroll. Simply put.

 
at 5:22 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Gotta like 6'4" 220 and extra intense when base-runners are on. Sorta sounds like a bigger version of Stanton...uh, back when he could pitch well all the time that is.

Well, maybe this "undoes" the Lohse trade damage. Sure will be interesting to see if Ward makes it up to the Twins and how well he does.

 
at 5:36 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

Is that our old Murray Cook?

 
at 5:39 PM Anonymous Brian said...

Still, that's 4.5 mil that can be put to good use (hopefully) in the offseason to sign an effective reliever. I think Phil or Livingston can be as effective as lohse over the long run, anyway, and probably not as frustrating to watch given lohse's dominance on his 'good lohse' outings. So I think it's a really good move.

 
at 5:45 PM Blogger John Fay said...

That's the same Murray Cook. I see him around once in a while.

 
at 6:00 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

John... Have you talked to Dunn's agent? Dunn to the home state Rangers for Salty and pitching sure makes sense to me. If the Rangers can sign him long term.

 
at 6:30 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I've got a call into Dunn's agent. I have not heard back.

 
at 3:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

iF memory serves me correctly Murray cook was a pretty darn good judge of talent he presided over the last super farm system the Reds hae had in the last 20 years...he was responsible for bring in Jose Rijo and the like..

so i would tend to trust his player evaluations

 
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