Last week, when Rob Brantly was relegated to AAA, a buddy said crisply: "Yet another Fish trade bust."
Brantly, as you recall, was part of the deal that last year sent Anibal to the Tigers, where he has 2.58 ERA in 20 starts this year.
Perhaps worse from a fan's standpoint is that, by replacing Brantly with a medicore journeyman, Koyle Hill, 34, who's appeared in 313 ML games over nine seasons, there was no mention of Kyle Skipworth, 23.
Skipworth, the 6th pick overall in the 2008 draft, was supposed to be the superstar catcher of the future. He's sitting there now at AAA New Orleans -- languishing is more like it. For the year he's batting .179. He's underperformed expectations all through the minors, though I can't help wondering now if he's in a funk as he sees all these mediocre players (our starting catcher has been dubbed one of the hitters of the epoch) brought up to the Bigs while Skipworth waits in New Orleans.