Sources: #Astros get Kazmir.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 23, 2015
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 23, 2015
Kazmir has flourished in Oakland the past two seasons, including a 2.38 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 8.29 K/9 and 2.87 BB/9 over 109.2 IP this season. He has had a bit of luck, though, with a .262 BABIP and 77.5% strand rate. He’s also been significantly better at home:
- Home – 1.36 ERA
- Road – 3.92 ERA
He didn’t have the same type of split last season (3.62/3.46)m but then again his overall ERA was not as impressive. More of a fly ball pitcher, it’s something to watch as he moves to a much more hitter friendly environment. That’s not to say that he’s going to fall off a cliff, but don’t be surprised to see him pitch much closer to a 3.50-4.00 ERA as opposed to a low-2 mark.
As for what the A’s receive, both players have currently been playing at Single-A and are a little ways off:
- Mengden – 3.46 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 84 K, 26 BB over 88.1 IP
- Nottingham – .326, 14 HR, 60 RBI, 48 R over 301 AB
Obviously, as a catcher, Nottingham is far more attractive off the bat. He’s just 20-years old and has split time at two levels of Single-A, but has just 61 K vs. 21 BB on the season. He’ll be a name to watch
Sources – Fangraphs, MILB.com