For the second year in a row, the Indians send a major leaguer to St. Louis for a minor league prospect. Last year we got outfielder James Ramsey in exchange for Justin Masterson, and apparently it’s Brandon Moss for left hander Rob Kaminsky this year.
Moss fits multiple needs for the Cardinals, with first baseman Matt Adams on the DL and outfielder Matt Holliday re-aggravating his quad injury last night.
Kaminsky was the 28th overall pick out of St. Joseph Regional High School in New Jersey by the Cardinals in 2013. That year he was 0-3 in five starts in their rookie league, notching 28 strikeouts and allowing 9 walks in 22 innings. In 2014 he was 8-2 with a 1.88 ERA in A ball, but saw his strikeout rate drop with only 79 whiffs in 100.2 innings pitched. He did put up a solid 1.01 WHIP. So far this season, he’s sat down 79 in 94.2 innings and has a 2.09 ERA at High A Palm Beach.
Baseball America had Kaminsky ranked as the Cardinals #5 prospect after the 2014 season. Fangraphs had him at #4 this spring. Plus, Cardinals fans seem pretty pissed on Twitter about losing him, so he must be okay. He’s just 20 years old and will join Brady Aiken and Justus Sheffield as some seriously exciting southpaws in the Indians minor league system.
Looks like Lonnie will be coming back up to the big club to replace him. Guessing we’ll start seeing Tyler Holt in the lineup almost every day, but Chiz was seeing some time in the OF down in Columbus.