Alberto Callaspo Traded to Angels

It was just announced that the Royals have made their first trade of the deadline season, sending Alberto Callaspo to the Angels for right handed pitcher Sean O’Sullivan and minor league lefty Will Smith (let the Fresh Prince jokes commence).

Callaspo had been manning third base since the demotion of Alex Gordon back in May and had done a much better job there defensively than at second base, but he hadn’t had much luck offensively since June, putting up an OPS of .545 in the month and a .638 OPS in July. After 31 RBI in the first two months, Callaspo had only driven in 12 since the end of May. The Angels are getting a high-contact bat, though his power numbers may not translate to third base very well. Then again, this is an Angels team that had Chone Figgins at third base for years.

Year Age Tm Lg G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2006 23 ARI NL 23 47 2 10 1 1 0 6 .238 .298 .310 .607 54
2007 24 ARI NL 56 156 10 31 8 0 0 7 .215 .265 .271 .535 36
2008 25 KCR AL 74 234 21 65 8 3 0 16 .305 .361 .371 .731 97
2009 26 KCR AL 155 634 79 173 41 8 11 73 .300 .356 .457 .813 114
2010 27 KCR AL 88 373 40 96 19 2 8 43 .275 .308 .410 .718 94
5 Seasons 396 1444 152 375 77 14 19 145 .283 .333 .406 .738 95
162 Game Avg. 162 591 62 153 32 6 8 59 .283 .333 .406 .738 95
KCR (3 yrs) 317 1241 140 334 68 13 19 132 .293 .343 .426 .769 105
ARI (2 yrs) 79 203 12 41 9 1 0 13 .220 .272 .280 .552 40
AL (3 yrs) 317 1241 140 334 68 13 19 132 .293 .343 .426 .769 105
NL (2 yrs) 79 203 12 41 9 1 0 13 .220 .272 .280 .552 40
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/22/2010.

In exchange, the Royals receive Sean O’Sullivan, a 22 year old righty who’s made five appearances at the major league level in 2010, including a start against the Yankees on Tuesday where he out-dueled Phil Hughes for the win. O’Sullivan was a third round selection in 2005 out of high school and has a 3.81 ERA in his minor league career, striking out 6.6 per nine innings and walking 2.4 batters per nine. In 17 major league appearances, he’s thrown 64.2 innings and struck out 4.9 batters and walked 2.8 per nine innings.  He’s young, but may not project beyond a fourth starter.

Year Age Tm W L ERA G GS IP H ER HR BB SO ERA+ WHIP BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2009 21 LAA 4 2 5.92 12 10 51.2 60 34 12 16 29 77 1.471 2.8 5.1 1.81
2010 22 LAA 1 0 2.08 5 1 13.0 7 3 1 4 6 211 0.846 2.8 4.2 1.50
2 Seasons 5 2 5.15 17 11 64.2 67 37 13 20 35 87 1.345 2.8 4.9 1.75
162 Game Avg. 12 5 5.15 41 27 157 163 90 32 49 85 87 1.345 2.8 4.9 1.75
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Generated 7/22/2010.

Will Smith is the #15 prospect in the Angels system in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook entering 2010. Smith was a 7th round selection in 2008 by the Angels and has pitched for the Angels High A, Double A and Triple A affiliates, producing an ERA over those three levels of 5.53 in 109 innings pitched. That’s pretty rough, but over his minor league career, he’s has a 2.2 walks per nine innings rate and has struck out 7.6 batters per nine innings pitched, a nice 3.47 K/BB ratio. Baseball America projects him as a #4 starter as well.

Year Age Tm Lev W L ERA G GS IP H ER BB SO WHIP BB/9 K/9 K/BB
2008 18 Orem Rk 8 2 3.08 16 14 73.0 73 25 6 76 1.082 0.7 9.4 12.67
2009 19 Cedar Rapids A 10 5 3.76 20 19 115.0 109 48 24 95 1.157 1.9 7.4 3.96
2010 20 3 Teams 5 8 5.53 19 19 109.0 134 67 42 79 1.615 3.5 6.5 1.88
2010 20 Cucamonga A+ 2 2 4.58 6 6 37.1 36 19 13 31 1.312 3.1 7.5 2.38
2010 20 Arkansas AA 1 2 7.23 4 4 18.2 33 15 9 8 2.250 4.3 3.9 0.89
2010 20 Salt Lake AAA 2 4 5.60 9 9 53.0 65 33 20 40 1.604 3.4 6.8 2.00
3 Seasons 23 15 4.24 55 52 297.0 316 140 72 250 1.306 2.2 7.6 3.47
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/22/2010.

What this means for 2010 is that Anthony Lerew may hit the disabled list once O’Sullivan makes it to New York to join the team. The Royals have activated Rick Ankiel from the 15-day disabled list to fill Callaspo’s roster spot and it’s unlikely that any bullpen arms will go anywhere (though Victor Marte could be a candidate for Omaha due to recent struggles). Wilson Betemit is in the lineup tonight at third base and he’s likely for that role through the rest of the season, unless the Royals plan to do an about face and bring Alex Gordon back to play third at the major league level.

The Royals now have Scott Podsednik, David DeJesus, Rick Ankiel, Mitch Maier, Jose Guillen and Willie Bloomquist active as outfielders. I assume Ankiel will be showcased as best he can for potential trade partners (we’ll see how that goes) while Podsednik and DeJesus fill in the other spots. Guillen of course will DH most of the time, and Mitch Maier gets left out. Bloomquist has been platooning with Maier lately, too, so they may trade spot starts depending on pitching matchups (which is a whole other story – though I’m biased as part of the Mitch Maier fan club). The door is still open for a trade involving any of those outfielders, especially DeJesus and possibly also Podsednik and Guillen.

It’s possible that this signifies the Royals have confidence that Mike Moustakas will be ready for the major leagues somewhere in 2011 or perhaps to start the year if he has a strong spring. That’s optimistic, but not unrealistic as he’s made great strides in 2010 and has two homers in a short time at Omaha so far.

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Tags: AL Central Alberto Callaspo Alex Gordon Anthony Lerew Baseball David DeJesus Dayton Moore Jose Guillen Kansas City Royals KC Mike Moustakas MLB Rick Ankiel Royals Scott Podsednik Sean O'Sullivan Will Smith Wilson Betemit

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