The Diamondbacks and the Indians completed the Jason Kubel trade this past weekend, with Arizona receiving right-handed relief pitching prospect Matt Langwell from Cleveland. Here's the scoop on the newest Diamondback.
Matt Langwell, RHP: Langwell was drafted by the Indians in the 11th round in 2008, from Rice University. Primarily a starter in college, he moved to relief in pro ball and was successful, posting a 1.97 ERA with a 68/22 K/BB in 69 innings for Low-A Lake County in 2009, then remaining quietly effective at each level in the Indians system. He posted a 3.29 ERA last year for Triple-A Columbus with a 63/22 K/BB in 55 innings, then a 2.24 ERA with a 52/19 K/BB in 60 innings this season, again for Columbus. He pitched five innings in relief for the Indians earlier this summer, giving up five hits and three runs but striking out six.
Langwell is a 6-2, 220 pounder, born May 6, 1986. He's an older prospect at age 27 and was moved through the Cleveland farm system conservatively, although he was successful at every level. He doesn't have a blazing fastball, working at 88-92 MPH with his heater and averaging around 90, but he collects his share of strikeouts due to a solid slider and an occasional curveball and change-up. He can be tough on right-handed hitters and has given up only two home runs in 133 innings of Triple-A baseball over parts of three seasons.