• Brandon Claussen

    Posted by on December 12th, 2006 · Comments (12)

    I just saw that the Reds designated LHP Brandon Claussen for assignment. Of all the “pitchers” (meaning excluding position players who once took toe to the rubber in a pinch) who pitched in exactly one game for the Yankees, in their career, is Claussen the guy who has the best overall career numbers?

    If he’s not the guy, he must be in the top five – I would imagine. Unless you want to go with Tim Redding…

    By the way, in researching this, I came across a pitcher by the name of “Rugger Ardizoia” who threw one game for the Yankees back in 1947. Great name. I would love to see Bob Sheppard work that one.

    “Rinaldo Joseph (Rugger) Ardizoia” was a native of Oleggio, Italy – and a teammate of Phil Rizzuto. Holy cow! Seriously, Rugger may have been the 5th best big leaguer to come from Italy (directly). Then again, there probably only 5 or 6 big league players in the history of the game that were born in Italy.

    Back to Claussen – as much as I hated the trade (that sent him away) when it happened, all things considered, now, it didn’t turn out all that bad.

    Comments on Brandon Claussen

    1. elbambino
      December 12th, 2006 | 11:16 pm

      When Claussen was first traded I was completely against it since he was our best pitching prospect at the time and I thought Aaron Boone wasn’t the answer at third. But, they sure did prove me wrong.
      Hearing that Claussen was released I thought about the Yanks resigning him since he’s left-handed and 27. After looking at his stats…wow, he’s been terrible. He did pitch pretty well in a few games, but put up a stinker before he went down to injury. If the Yankees became interested, the best idea would probably be as a LOOGY, since he had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in August and he has better stats against lefties than righties.

    2. baileywalk
      December 13th, 2006 | 12:24 am

      Somewhere, Joel Sherman is still trying to convince someone that Brandon Claussen is a good pitcher.

      He used to flog the Yankees savagely anytime Claussen or Halsey had a good game.

      Let’s see if he’s man enough to mention Claussen now.

    3. brockdc
      December 13th, 2006 | 12:53 am

      Speaking of getting flogged, I wouldn’t have a problem if the Yanks picked up Claussen as insurance or to be a long man out of the pen (if the price is right, of course).

      Okay, let the flogging commence.

    4. elbambino
      December 13th, 2006 | 3:23 am

      The list of non-tender free agents is out and here are some players that might interest the Yankees (in my opinion):

      Toby Hall, Catcher – the ex-Dodger/Devil Ray was almost a league average catcher last season but did not hit well until he went to the Dodgers. However, he hit .324 against the Red Sox. He’s also 30.

      Jose A. Reyes, Catcher – 23 years old and a catcher. Didn’t hit well in the minors. His age and the fact that he’s alive and a catcher are the only reasons he might interest the Yanks.

      Miguel Perez, Catcher – see above. Only difference is that he hit a bit better than Reyes in the minors. First Inning says that he is an outstanding defensive catcher. http://firstinning.com/players/Miguel-Perez-699/

      Adam Harben, RHP – 23 years old. He’s a 6’5″ right handed starting pitcher formerly from the Cubs organization. I believe he pitched in the Eastern League last season, where he posted a 3.96 ERA in 29 Games (22 starts). He was a strikeout pitcher and is wild, shown by K:B ratio of 74:66. He had a Batting Average Against of .254, allowed 118 hits in 122.2 innings, and only allowed 5 homeruns. He’s been playing in the winter leagues, where he is getting bombed. However, he’s young and shows some promise, especially if he can work on his control. Here’s some more info from First Inning: http://firstinning.com/players/Adam-Harben-651/

    5. Yu Hsing Chen
      December 13th, 2006 | 4:43 am

      The most interesting guy in the non-tender list would probably be Chin-Hui Tsao.

      the first pitcher from taiwan to make it to the big leagues in 03, he’s actually a year younger than Wang. before he went down he easily throws in the mid 90s while frequently touching the upper 90s and a couple of times 100+ . with a good secondary array (alibet inconsistent)

      Health has always been the issue for him (as it was for Wang and Kuo in the minors) he had a couple of seasons where he threw over 150 innings but then suffers injuries, it remains to be seen wether he can stay healthy, but the stuff is undeniablly good and the age is still pretty young, a incentive laden minor league contract would be nice, he could easily turn out to be a dominant closer/setup or SP again when healthy, at worest he still probably could turn into Jaret Wright /Kris Benson types.

      His periphals in the minors was insane, with k/9 over 10 and bb/9 just barely over 2. and a Whip just over 1

    6. rbj
      December 13th, 2006 | 9:10 am

      Is the Columbus, er, Scranton rotation so full that Claussen can’t squeeze in there? At least as an example to Hughes et al.: “See what Brandon’s doing? Don’t do that.”

    7. bfriley76
      December 13th, 2006 | 9:30 am

      I was against the trade at the time too…it smacked of desperation when it happened, but I’ll tell you. I was at Game 7 that year and, at least for a moment, Aaron Bleepin Boone made me feel like it was totally worth it.

    8. Chewbacca
      December 13th, 2006 | 10:16 am

      Ya, until he had a chance to win Game 4 of the WS by getting a runner in from 3rd w/ less than 2 out and struck out on 3 pitches that were a mile inside from Braden Looper.

    9. December 13th, 2006 | 10:48 am

      That and the cut-off play at the game at the Stadium were killers for me.

    10. mehmattski
      December 13th, 2006 | 12:50 pm

      Considering that less than a year later, Gabe White was returned to the Reds for Charlie Manning (who went with Claussen to the Reds in the first place)… the deal is essentially Claussen for Boone. If no Boone, the Yanks probably don’t make the Robin Ventura for Bubba Crosby and Scott Proctor trade. And if no Boone and his obsession with backyard basketball… probably no Alex Rodriguez. The Yanks probably would have slugged through 2004 with Ventura and then overpaid for Adrian Beltre or something.

      So in my completely hypothetical universe, this was a good trade.

    11. dpk875
      December 13th, 2006 | 2:56 pm

      It was a good trade for Boone, even though he was bad outside of one moment. Despite his struggles I think the Yanks should sign him to a minor league deal, who ever thought that Aaron Small would ever contribute to the Yanks when they signed him. Maybe he can become effective out of the bullpen or in a spot start.

    12. baileywalk
      December 13th, 2006 | 3:04 pm

      What’s the obsession of Yankee fans wanting back former farmhands who the team traded away?

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