Kansas City T-Bones Acquire RHP T.J. House from Milwaukee Milkmen
In American Association Daily, Robert Pannier analyzes the trade that sent RHP T. J. House from the Milwaukee Milkmen to the Kansas City T-Bones. The Milkmen receive a player to be named later. The American Association trade deadline is midnight tonight.
How This Effects the Kansas City T-Bones
RHP T. J. House was sent to the Kansas City T-Bones on Friday. House made 17 starts for the Milkmen, going 7-9 with a 4.35 ERA. He has tossed 111.2 innings, allowing 116 hits and 31 walks, while striking out 78.
To be honest, this is a very interesting move by Manager Joe Calfapietra. The Kansas City T-Bones are already very deep in the starting rotation. Ace Tommy Collier is completely healthy now, and has rattled off three straight outstanding starts, allowing two total earned runs in his last 21 innings.
Jonathan Perrin and Dylan Baker have been outstanding in August. Baker is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts while Perrin is 4-0 with a 2.88 ERA. It is true that the team lost Christian Binford for the remainder of the season but, his replacement, Akeem Bostick has been dominant in his two starts, going 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA. It would be understandable if there were some concerns about Jose Mesa, Jr. after he had been rocked in three straight outings, but he has been outstanding his last two appearances, allowing one earned run in his last 13 innings.
Acquiring House makes sense. He is a former Big Leaguer and does have seven wins for a team in last place. However, if there are concerns about the recent struggles of Mesa, then there should be alarm bells ringing about House. He has lost his last eight decisions, and has not gotten out of the sixth in four of his last five outings.
He does have a complete game gem against Sioux City on his resume, but that was his last victory, which was July 3. Since then, the right-hander was hit hard by the Explorers, giving up six hits and four runs in six innings on July 14. In addition, he was battered in both his starts against Cleburne.
Maybe House becomes a long reliever for the T-Bones or he is just insurance against a future injury. Our bet is that this move was made more to ensure that no other team (Sioux City) was able to acquire the right-hander. While he may not have a huge impact for Kansas City, Calfapietra was probably looking to make sure that he had no impact for the Explorers.
How This Effects the Milwaukee Milkmen
The Milkmen are already in 2020 mode. They traded Tanner Kiest to St. Paul on August 8, acquiring two players to be named later and the rights to catcher Adrian Nieto. This deal now gives Milwaukee three players for next season.
Manager Gary McClure did a fine job of building a pitching staff in 2019, and he will likely have some of the key pieces for next season. What he has been wanting is hitting. No one would be surprised if the players to be named later are guys that have proven they can hit, which should help to make the Milkmen a threat in the North next year.
In season two, the Chicago Dogs are now fighting for a playoff berth. We may be saying the very same thing about the Milkmen next year.
By Robert Pannier