SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Surf Dawgs made a big splash last night, acquiring All-Star second baseman, Scooter Gennett from Altoona. As expected, Dawgs shipped their staff ace, Ruben Alaniz–who was acquired last season from the Chris Sale trade–along with Alaniz, the Dawgs also shipped former top prospect, second baseman Eddie Rosario.
In his short stint in San Diego, Alaniz posted a nice 2.40 ERA, 74 strikeouts and 2.75 FIP in 11 starts. While Rosario slashed .267/.315/.390 along with 42 doubles last season with San Diego. On the other side of the coin, Gennett had a monster year last season, as he slashed for .339/.416/.498 (.913 OPS), 45 doubles and 7.7 WAR.
“It’s definitely tough pill to swallow, but we needed offense, plain and simple.” Imasa said. When asked about Alaniz’ replacement in the rotation, “We haven’t decided, really. We do have a couple of options down in Triple-A.” the GM replied.
Looking at candidates in the Minors, Scott Blewett had a nice outing last night as he allowed 3 runs, in 3 hits, in 7 innings pitched. Zach Wheeler is another option. Wheeler was in the rotation last season, but after having a slow start in Spring, team decided to sent him to Triple-A to work on his mechanics. Last season, though, Wheeler posted 3.64 ERA in 30 starts. Lastly, Alec Asher. Asher raised some eyebrows this Spring when he only allowed 4 runs in 12 innings pitched.