The Mets have completed their trade with the Dodgers, acquiring RHP Jacob Rhame for outfielder Curtis Granderson. Rhame, 24, has spent the past two seasons with the Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma City Dodgers. He will likely report to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s.
Rhame has had some success in the minor leagues, owning a career 3.11 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP. He is 0-2 with the Dodger’s PCL team this year, pitching to a 4.31 ERA and striking out 55 over 48 innings. What is perhaps most impressive is a 5% walk rate, a 5.5 K/BB ratio. His fastball is perhaps his best weapon, regularly reaching the upper 90s.
Sandy Alderson has clearly held to a trend of acquiring controllable minor league relievers with good fastballs, but perhaps needing a little more polish on their secondary pitches before advancing to the major leagues. Given that this is Rhame’s second year in Triple-A, it wouldn’t be surprising if he were called to Queens when the rosters expand on September 1.