Minor Moves: Knapp, Diaz, Rodriguez

The latest minor moves… 

  • The Indians announced that they released right-hander Jason Knapp (Twitter link). Knapp was a key part of the 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to the Phillies, but injuries have sidelined him, and he hasn't pitched since 2010. The 21-year-old had a 3.63 ERA with 12.0 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in three professional seasons from 2008-10.
  • The Angels released catcher Robinzon Diaz and right-hander Francisco Rodriguez from their Triple-A team, according to the Pacific Coast League. Diaz, who last appeared in the Major Leagues in 2009, has a 285/.309/.437 batting line in 166 plate appearances at Triple-A this year. Rodriguez accumulated more walks than strikeouts and posted a 6.35 ERA in 51 innings with the Salt Lake Bees. He appeared in ten games for last year's Angels team and posted a 4.37 ERA in 43 games for the 2010 team.

15 Responses to Minor Moves: Knapp, Diaz, Rodriguez Leave a Reply

  1. Robinson Diaz, who was traded by the Jays to the Pirates in a one for one deal for Jose Bautista.

  2. Coper Nickle 3 years ago

    Umm did anyone else catch that F-Rod plays for the Brewers?

    • formerdraftpick 3 years ago

      They have the link to the wrong guy. :(

    • Tom R 3 years ago

      Different guy, same name.

      • K.K. Kilmister 3 years ago

        Exactly. Replace “rodrifr03″ with “rodrifr04″ in the URL to get the correct one.

  3. nm344 3 years ago

    That’s a shame about Knapp. Man Indians got hosed in the CC and Lee trades.

    • nepp 3 years ago

      Well, Marson at least turned into a solid backup catcher.

      Its not that they didnt get good value on paper…I mean, Carrasco was a solid 3/4 guy (projection wise) and Knapp had #1 upside at the time of the deal. Basically we got to see another illustration of the maxim “There is no such thing as a pitching prospect”.

  4. nepp 3 years ago

    Tough luck for Knapp. He was a monster in the Sally League before he got hurt. Monster arm with good secondary stuff.

  5. sad to see jason knapp get hit with injuries, maybe philly can sign him

    • Gothapotamus 3 years ago

      Unfortunately the opinion is his shoulder is so shot he’ll never pitch professionally again. As a Phillies fan, I was hoping to see him develop into a dominant Major League pitcher, it’s too bad.

  6. KoyieHill 3 years ago

    Its a shame Knapp never panned out. Of course the Indians should have never taken Knapp in the first place and asked for a better prospect. The current result of the trade for the Indians: a backup catcher in Marson, a utility man in Donald, a damaged arm in Carrasco, and now Knapp released. We should have gotten a lot more for Lee. But at least we didn’t lose again today.

    • Ryan 3 years ago

      Knapp was technically a top 50 prospect according to BA at the time, but he was still so low in the minors, I remember being surprised that we did not part with either Taylor, Drabek, or Dom Brown in that deal.

  7. mstrchef 3 years ago

    Curious about Robinson Diaz. Catchers who can hit are generally pretty valuable. Why can’t this guy get at least a backup job? Someone who is knowledgeable tell me about him, because I can only assume he’s a major defensive liability behind the plate, given his career .297 minor league average and his decent offensive showing with Pittsburgh in 2009. Was the league leading 7 passed balls in part time play legitimately bad or was it just a bad year for an otherwise meh catcher?

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