The Astros have traded away another minor league pitcher. Right-hander Bobby Doran has been sent to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later.
Last week the Astros sent Andrew Robinson to the Braves for a PTBNL. What else do Doran and Robinson have in common? Both were drafted before Jeff Luhnow came to town. With what could be considered a surplus of pitching prospects in the pipeline, it seems like Luhnow is clearing out some of the older prospects to make room for the ones that he drafted.
Doran had somewhat of a breakout season in 2013 — his age 24 season. Splitting the year between AA and AAA, Doran won 11 of 13 decisions and posted a 1.222 WHIP over 138 & 1/3 innings. This season Doran has had some struggles at AAA Oklahoma City, posting a 1.525 WHIP and pitching to a 5.36 ERA in 80 & 2/3 innings of work.
The White Sox will reportedly send Doran to their AAA club in Charlotte. I assume that he will continue to work as a starter. We’ll have to wait and see what the Astros get in return.
Best of luck, Bobby.