Mar 232011
 

With Spring Training winding down, the Nats made a couple of moves this afternoon, adding Oliver Perez via a minor-league deal and claiming LHP Lee Hyde from Atlanta on waivers. To make room for Hyde, Stephen Strasburg was officially placed on the 60-day DL, a move that was widely expected. Hyde was immediately optioned to AAA Syracuse.

Perez will report to minor-league camp to work with his former pitching coach, and current Nationals pitching coordinator “Spin” Williams. There are reports that Perez will be assigned to AAA to start the season, a move that could cost a prospect some playing time or impede his progress or perhaps even cost someone a job.

Hyde is a 26-year-old left-handed reliever that split time between AA and AAA last season but was not listed in either the 2010 or 2011 editions of Baseball America or John Sickels’s books. The lone scouting report that I could locate is from his 2009 AFL stint, in which he was described as having an 88-91 fastball and low-80s slider that was particularly effective against LHBs.

Hyde was originally drafted in 2006 (4th Round) and underwent TJ surgery in 2007. In 2010, he posted a 3.41 ERA overall but struggled with his command at AAA, walking 12 in 21 innings pitched over 22 appearances. All eight saves were earned at AA Mississippi.

  3 Responses to “Nats Sign Perez, Claim Hyde”

  1. Ugh. A loogy (Hyde) & a noogy (Perez) added to an already overloaded minor-league roster. The body-count in Viera once the Nats break camp could be very high this year. The parent club is now seven over their limit, so more cuts are coming; Syracuse possibles total 35 (including Hyde & Perez), with Harrisburg at 27, Potomac at 31, and Hagerstown at 32. My counts are approximate and may have some unsigned residue from 2010, but that’s a lot of bodies.

    • I think residue is the key word here.

    • Seems to be saying something about Atahualpo Severino, the only other left-handed reliever on the 40-man down in Syracuse? It sure seems like the 40-man needs some trimming down again here and there?

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