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Say Goodbye To: Belt, Bumgarner, and Storen

Trade Deadline Edition – Traded to The Pi Train

1B – Brandon Belt
Acquired: July 20th, 2010 ($3 FAAB)
Traded: August 17th, 2010 (Traded to The Pi Train)
Belt, a 2009 5th-round selection from the University of Texas, exploded in 2010, jumping from High-A, dominating at AA, and then holding his own at AAA Fresno. He’s now likely considered the future 1B for the San Francisco Giants, although he has enough athleticism to play left field, depending on how the Giants manage their free agents. Will participate in the Arizona Fall League in 2010, and likely will be called up sometime in 2011.

Minor League – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
San Jose (Hi-A) 269 .383 62 10 62 18
Richmond (AA) 175 .337 26 9 40 2
Fresno (AAA) 48 .229 11 4 10 2

 

SP – Madison Bumgarner
Acquired: Protected from 2009 ($2 at 2009 auction)
Traded: August 17th, 2010 (Traded to The Pi Train)
Called up in late June and plugged directly into the rotation, Bumgarner has done well, having won four games in ten starts thus far in his career. Earlier in 2010 at AAA Fresno, Bumgarner overcame velocity issues that plagued him towards the end of last season (2009), and he featured a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts in April, May, and early June. Only 1 year remaining on his WBRL contract.

AaRr Stats IP W ERA WHIP K S
Active – Weeks 15-19 35.1 2 3.82 1.557 23 0
Reserve – Weeks 0-14 28 2 2.57 1.036 21 0

 

RP – Drew Storen
Acquired: 2010 Auction ($8)
Traded: August 17th, 2010 (Traded to The Pi Train)
Storen, the other Nationals first-round draft pick in 2009, was a closer at Stanford, and was designated “Closer of the Future” as soon as he signed. While he was scheduled to open the 2010 season in the minors, he was promoted in mid-May to get experience in the 7th inning and lower-leverage situations. With the trade of Matt Capps to Minnesota at the deadline, Storen ascended to sharing the closer role with Tyler Clippard and Sean Burnett, and will likely be the closer later in 2010 and beyond.

AaRr Stats IP W ERA WHIP K S
Active – Weeks 11,12,14-16,18,19 0 19 4.26 1.789 14 2
Reserve – Weeks 0-10,13,17 3 19 0.95 0.789 16 0