This time, Casey Fossum and Ryan Shealy found their names on the transaction list today, two players who have haunted my roster more than a couple of times over the past years. Including a couple of hopeful years when he was on my Strat-O-Matic dynasty team (we can freeze 29) for a couple of years.
I picked Fossum as a wunderkind of 23 in 2001, when after a 3-7, 2.83 shot at AA Trenton, when the lefty chalked up 130 whiffs over 117.2 innings, with just 28 walks and 102 hits allowed. Fossum was advanced to Boston where he was 3-2, 4.47 over 44.1 innings which involved seven starts.
The next year seemed more promising, with 5-4, 3.46 totals, where Fossum whiffed 101 over 106.2 innings, with 113 hits and 30 walks allowed. And, that was Fossum's peak. For, his career mark is 40-53, 5.45, with a 1.517 WHIP.
Still, there is something to be said for being a lefty who can toss a baseball, for the Mets signed Fossum. Good luck.
Then there is the strange case of Ryan Shealy, an 11th round pick of the Rockies in 2002.
Over nine minor league seasons--with six at AAA--Shealy totaled .302-147-541, but the first sacker had a tough time translating his skills into the majors, though, with .268-19-94 numbers over 169 games.
Not great numbers, but not the worst, either.
Well, in September of 2008, Shealy went .301-7-20 over 20 September games, good for a .957 OPS for the Royals.
Shealy signed with Toronto today. I wish him luck. I have very little hope.