Houston Astros: Kyle Weiland Trade Was a Good Move

Bill FordCorrespondent IIIJanuary 11, 2012

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Kyle Weiland #70 of the Boston Red Sox throws against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Fenway Park September 15, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Last month, the Houston Astros made a good move and traded right-handed pitcher Mark Melancon to the Boston Red Sox.

The trade enabled the Astros to acquire right-handed pitcher Kyle Weiland and infielder Jed Lowrie.  Making a move such as this will strengthen Houston's pitching, hitting and fielding.

Weiland was drafted by Boston in the third round of the MLB draft in 2008. He made his way through the Boston farm system advancing from Single-A to Triple-A over four years. 

Although his record was not spectacular at 23 wins and 31 losses, he has shown potential for a promising future.

While pitching for Triple-A Pawtucket, he was called up by the Red Sox and started his first game on July 10th, 2011, pitching over four innings.

Weiland set a record for being the first Red Sox player to have been ejected from his first game in Major League Baseball by hitting Vladimir Guerrero with a pitch. After the pitch, he seemed to have said something which got him tossed.

Welcome to the big leagues.

Weiland throws a fastball in the 95 MPH range. His curveball has about 80 MPH on it, and his cut fastball hits about 88 MPH.

During his outings, he has demonstrated that he tends to tire somewhat easily. His pitching mechanics appear to be a bit lengthy, which may be why he wears down quickly.

Weiland needs some time to further develop in the Triple-A system. He had some shaky games when he was called up by Boston, and he took a beating.

Triple-A will give him some time to develop and refine his pitching mechanics. Later in the season would be a good time for the Astros to call him up and season him to get him prepared for 2013. 2012 will be more of a development year.

Kyle Weiland has great potential, and I think that Houston was wise to trade for him. He may very well be the jump-start that Houston needs.