Right-hander Carlos Monastarios, part of the 2006 four-for-two trade with New York, shut out the Tampa Yankees over 6 1-3 innings yesterday. The 22-year-old is 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA in four starts for Class-A Clearwater.
Digging through the Beerleaguer archives, our notes on Monestarios include “tall, lean pitcher scouted by Gillick himself.” That was August 10, 2006, possibly the last time Monastarios was mentioned in a non-derogatory way meant to disparage the Abreu deal.
I’ve never seen the guy. He’s listed at 6-2, 175 pounds, but recent photos appear to show that he’s filled out some. Last season in the Sally League, he went 11-11 with a 4.62 ERA and decent 114/55 K/BB ratio in 156 innings. He’s at an okay age for Class-A ball and the results are encouraging. With Matt Smith still recovering from Tommy John surgery, C.J. Henry gone and Jesus Sanchez hitting .083 to lower his .213 career BA, Monestarios may be their best chance to get something useful out of Abreu deal.
Others turning heads, according to readers at Phuture Phillies, include Matt Spencer, Greg Golson, Fabio Castro, Michael Taylor and Michael Durant. Disappointments include right-hander Drew Carpenter (What happened? I thought this guy was the next Joba Chamberlain?)