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Scott Kazmir has a 36.00 ERA at Triple-A after second straight terrible rehab start

May 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Scott Kazmir AP

Scott Kazmir‘s first rehab start at Triple-A last week was a mess, as he allowed six runs and failed to make it out of the second inning, but his second outing last night remarkably was even worse.

He made it through the first two innings unscathed, but then coughed up 10 runs in the third inning while recording just one out.

Through two starts Kazmir now has a 36.00 ERA, allowing 16 runs in four innings with more walks (7) than strikeouts (5) and a .421 opponents’ batting average.

Suffice it to say the Angels won’t be rushing Kazmir back from his rehab stint and there’s seemingly a strong chance they’ll simply keep the 27-year-old southpaw and his $12 million salary at Triple-A once the 30-day assignment is over.

  1. jimbo1949 - May 30, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Wha hoppened?
    Man, he fell off the cliff.

  2. captainwisdom8888 - May 30, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Could just be me, but does he slightly look like Jared Loughner?

  3. purdueman - May 30, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    I just laugh and laugh at the Angels inept management. The Angels blew a second (or even third), shot at the World Series (after 2002), because then do nothing GM Bill Stone-less was scared to death to trade any of his precious “can’t miss” prospects in order to fill a few big holes that the Angels had at the time. His “untouchables”? Mc Pherson, Kochman, Mathis and Brandon Wood, and of course none of them ever even came close to stardom.

    Then Angel owner Arte Moreno started to meddle in by throwing and extra million and guaranteed year at Bartolo Colon and then Torii Hunter in order to simply outbid the field. Colon was a disaster in years 4 and 5 of his Angel contract, and now we’re seeing a rapid decline in Hunter as well.

    Then old Arte got burned by Scott Bor-ass on Texeira and set a “take it or leave it” policy on bidding for free agents, and that cost him any shot he had at Beltre and Crawford last offseason (and Crawford has since said had the money been roughly equal he would have signed with the Angels).

    The Angels thought that they were “stealing” Kazmir and then made that inexplicable trade for Vernon Wells and assumed his absurd contract in the bargaining. To make matters worse, they gave up Rivera (who’s now starting for the Blue Jays), and team sparkplug and fan favorite Napoli (who know haunts them being with Texas). Scioscia, being a former catcher, couldn’t wait to unload Napoli though which considering the Angels anemic offense wasn’t too bright on his part.

    The one thing keeping all of these gaffe’s under the national radar is that both the Cubs and Mets have been even MORE inept during this time period, impossible though as it may seem.

  4. Elwood Larf - May 30, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    When the Rays traded Kazmir to the Angels I remember thinking it was a horrible decision on the part of the Rays. Why trade such a good pitcher to a fellow AL contender? sure, he’d had a few bumps in the road, but a pitcher that good was sure to rebound, right? Guess they were a hell of a lot smarter than I thought. Looks like they knew how bad things were going to get and dumped him while he still had value. Wish the Yankees had done that with Phil Hughes.

    • purdueman - May 30, 2011 at 2:17 PM

      A MUCH bigger example of a team reading too many media reviews on their hot prospects is Joba Chamberlain. The Yankees could have gotten a mother load back in return for him back when he first broke into the big leagues, now they’d be lucky to get another back end of the rotation reliever in return for him.

      The Yankees though did move Ian Kennedy at the right time. Prospects are just that … prospects. How many times have we seen “can’t miss five tool guy” miss… and miss badly?

      Kenny Williams has moved more prospects than any other GM in baseball over the past 10 years, yet none of them he’s moved have ever blossomed into perennial all stars. Per my earlier post, the Angels four untouchable “can’t miss” prospects (Kochman, Mattis, Wood and Mc Pherson), all have turned out to be more or less busts.

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