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Milwaukee Brewers claim P Marco Estrada

The Mexican born pitcher saw Major League duty with Washington Nationals in 2008 and 2009. From AP-

The Milwaukee Brewers claimed right-hander Marco Estrada off waivers from the Washington Nationals.

The 26-year-old has pitched in parts of the last two seasons for Washington, going 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA in one start and three relief appearances last year. He was drafted by the Nationals in the sixth round in 2005.

To make room for Estrada, the Brewers designated right-hander Tim Dillard for assignment.

As I see it, Estrada over Dillard because the former has more potential. Both are 26-year-olds and rate as middle relievers at this moment.

Why I think Estrada has more potential is pretty simple. He strikes out more batters than Dillard. His fastball is in the low 90′s and is said to have a good changeup. The problem Estrada has had in the majors so far, is his tendency to give up gopher balls. Estrada has had the same problem in the minors.

Both these guys are probably going to have little impact in the majors, but if one of them does, I would bet it is Estrada.

Note- This is my 2000th Blog post at OTB Sports since I began writing here in May 2006.

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