At the trade deadline the Los Angeles Angels traded relief pitcher David Hernandez to the Arizona Diamondbacks. In exchange, the Angels receive Luis Madero, a young pitching prospect. Here’s a quick look.
Luis Madero, RHP: Madero is from Venezuela, signed by the Diamondbacks back in 2013, giving him a bonus of $160,000. He pitched well in the Arizona Rookie League in 2015, posting a 2.30 ERA with a 46/14 K/BB in 55 innings, but has had a hard time transitioning to higher levels. He opened 2017 with Missoula in the Pioneer League, posting a 3.99 ERA in 29 innings with a 28/6 K/BB, but has been beat up a bit after moving up to the Northwest League, with a 8.24 ERA in 20 innings for Hillsboro.
Madero is listed at 6-3, 175, born April 15, 1997. Baseball America reports that he can hit 91-93 MPH but that his secondary pitches need work. Sabermetrically-speaking he’s posted good K/BB ratios, a positive sign, but his ability to dominate hitters comes and goes. That dovetails well with reports that the secondaries are unrefined.
He gives Angels coaches some interesting raw material to work with.