Did anyone know who Daryl Thompson was before today's game against the New York Yankees? I don't think so.Well, I beg to differ. Here's me over a year ago:
Daryl Thompson: This guy looks interesting. Despite being injured for much of his rookie league season, he's currently overpowering the competition in low-A ball less than six months after his 21st birthday: 4 starts, 23 innings pitched, 19 strikeouts, 1 walk, an ERA of 0.39, and a 4-0 record. Small sample size? Sure, but his K/BB ratio was pretty sweet in limited play last year as well. I haven't seen him pitch, which is inexcusable given that his home park is only about an hour away from Chez Shyster, but he smells legit to me. He needs to be promoted, like yesterday, and assuming he continues to mow them down in Sarasota, he should end the season in AA. Depending on how he does there, he could potentially compete for a slot in the rotation as early as next year, though more likely in 2009. Unless it's all smoke and mirrors, he alone could tip the trade ridiculously in the Reds' favor.As you can tell from the context, that was from a post in which I rehashed the Kearns/Lopez trade from 2006. I and my designees have done that a lot actually, and it usually goes down like this:
Me: You know, the Austin Kearns trade wasn't the disaster everyone makes it out to be.I usually shut up at that point, because sometimes you're just not going to win.
Everyone else in the world: No, it was awful! The Reds needed bullpen help for a playoff run, and that blew up terribly! Plus Krivsky could have gotten eleventy-seven blue chip prospects for Kearns because he's, like, so dreamy!
Me: Fine, but you have to close the book at some point, right? You have to take a look at the talent that was actually exchanged, and see if, original intent aside, it was a good deal or a bad one, don't you?
Everyone else: Lalalalalalalala! We can't hear you!! Lalalalalalala!
But I'm not shutting up this evening because Daryl Thompson made his Major League debut today and shut the New York Yankees out over five innings. No, it wasn't the best performance ever -- he walked four guys and threw 96 pitches in those five innings -- but it's better than anything Austin Kearns or Felipe Lopez have contributed to the Nats recently.
Oh, and Bill Bray -- also a part of that deal -- relieved Thompson and picked up the win. Bray has an ERA+ of 176 in 21 innings for the Reds this year. Probably also worth noting that Gary Majewski has only given up two earned runs in seven innings as well. If Royce Clayton takes a job cleaning the clubhouse or something, the trade becomes a landslide in the Reds' favor, doesn't it?
Does any of this mean that Wayne Krivsky was some kind of visionary? No, at least not unless he can prove that he really wanted Thompson instead of lucking into him (and even then, Thompson would have to, you know, keep it up). But it does mean that (a) Daryl Thompson didn't just appear out of thin air around lunchtime today; (b) people should stop claiming that the Kearns trade was a disaster; and (c) all of those Mets fans citing the trade as they worry about their team hiring Krivsky today should relax a bit.