The most-normal closer in Richmond, called up as part of the Braves’ attempt to confuse us. (It’s working!) Acosta was signed out of Panama by the Yankees as a putative 17-year-old in 1998, though his first stateside performance was in 2000. He pitched okay in the very low levels but got beat up in high-A. In the middle of the 2003 season, he was released, and the Braves signed him.
All I have is the stats, and the stats say “arm injury”. He pitched 23 1/3 innings in 2004, 28 1/3 the next year. In 2006 he pitched well. Sort of. His ERAs in Mississippi and Richmond (his first exposure to the high minors) were quite good, but he walked more than seven men every nine innings. This year, he’s improved that somewhat — to 5.28, still unacceptably high.
On the other hand, he’s managed, through this “I have no idea where the ball is going” method, to put up a good strikeout rate and excellent hit rate, and in 59 2/3 innings hasn’t allowed a homer. (His home run rates are usually very low.) I don’t think that you want him in pressure situations, but there has to be some use for a guy who never allows homers.
I’m going to issue one of my periodic warnings here. People, I want this to be a civilized forum. I’ve only ever banned one person, and I want to keep it that way. So here’s the deal:
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Everyone, remember you’re Braves fans, not Phillies fans. Be civilized.