Pirates Acquire Graham Godfrey From the Red Sox

Earlier today the Pirates added Atahualpa Severino, a left-handed pitcher, from the Kansas City Royals. According to Kevin Pereira of Sox Prospects, the Pirates have also acquired right-hander Graham Godfrey from the Boston Red Sox.

Godfrey has 46 career innings in the majors, with a 5.09 ERA, a 4.5 K/9, and a 2.9 BB/9 ratio. Surprisingly he only has a 37.2% ground ball ratio in that span, and has mostly been around 40% in the minors. This year he has a 3.83 ERA in 42.1 innings in Triple-A, along with a 6.4 K/9 and a 4.0 BB/9. According to Sox Prospects, he throws an 88-89 MPH fastball, touching 91, and has a slider and changeup which are below average.

Both of these moves are probably meant to add depth to Indianapolis, as both pitchers will be going to Triple-A. The Indians have lost a few pitchers to the DL (Vic Black, Phil Irwin, Kyle McPherson), and have seen a few other guys get called up to the majors (Mike Zagurski, Bryan Morris). There could be other moves on the way, since right now the Indians have too many pitchers on their roster. Both of the guys today should be considered depth for Indianapolis, rather than depth for the Pirates.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

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