After the flurry of roster moves over the last few days, something was bound to happen. Jered Weaver was addded to the 10-day disabled list. Luis Sardinas was designated for assignment. Chase d’Arnaud was claimed off waivers. Carter Capps was added to the 60-day disabled list. Carlos Asuaje was recalled from AAA. Jose Valdez was optioned to AAA. Lost in the flurry was the fact that spots were opened on both the 40-man and 25-man rosters. Well, the other shoe has fallen:
Dinelson Lamet, the Padres’ #10 prospect according to MLB Prospect Pipeline, will be making his MLB debut when he starts for the Padres against the Mets on Thursday. After dominating the Cal League for the Lake Elsinore Storm early last year, he earned a promotion to the El Paso Chihuahuas and wound up being their most dominant starter through their championship run. Returning to El Paso this season, he picked right up where he left off, improving his ground ball and strikeout rates over his prior seasons. In six of his eight starts he’s held opponents to one run or less. On April 20th he struck out 13 batters over 5-1/3 innings, and he struck out nine in two other appearances. For a detailed review of what he will bring to the Padres, I suggest you take a look at the excellent article that David Jay posted on Scout.com’s Mad Friars page.
Expect to see a powerful, confident kid on the mound. There’s no saying how long he’ll be with the team, but this should be a great glimpse at the next wave of Padres pitching. The rotation needs help, so if Lamet can get over the butterflies quickly, he has a very good chance of sticking around for a while.
UPDATE: Here’s a video that the Chihuahuas put together for him. Seems like he loves the fastball up and in to righties as a strikeout pitch, and that sinker is nasty!