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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Reds - Signed Journell

Cincinnati Reds - Signed P Jimmy Journell to a minor-league contract.

Journell was once a legitimate prospect, as most of you remember.  After he demanded a switch to the bullpen, everything went wrong and a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff and that’s all she wrote.  He’ll probably see time with the Reds at some point if they don’t release him in the spring, but that’s more out of desperation than any positive attributes of Journell.  However, if he does get some of his stuff back and starts getting batters out, enough people will remember his name for him to get a few more shots.  No risk for the Reds here, so a good signing.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Jimmy Journell
W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
2   5 42   3   64   65   41   8 43 58 5.77

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 01, 2005 at 11:25 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. greenback slays lewks Posted: December 02, 2005 at 11:22 AM (#1756375)
Things were going wrong for Journell prior to his shift to the pen. I suspect the move was a response to shoulder problems that didn't become public until later.

You know, there is a lot of risk to these kinds of signings. Somebody's liable to make a decision based on radar gun readings or a couple of good spring training games, especially with an organization as dysfunctional as the Reds. There's not a lot of salary at risk, but somebody like this could cost you some revenue.
   2. Steve G. Posted: December 02, 2005 at 03:42 PM (#1756529)
I didn't get a chance to watch him flounder in the bigs this year, but I remember watching him in his cup of coffee in 2003. Back then, he had ridiculous movement on his pitches, so much so that he never seemed to get to get them over the plate for a strike call. If he could have avoided the arm troubles in recent years, he very well could have turned into Mike MacDougal. As it stands, he's got less control (hard to believe, I know) and more of a chance for physical breakdown.

He's certainly worth a MLC, but I'd be surprised if he could even hit those projected numbers, especially in a park where mistakes with his breaking stuff could easily be deposited in the cheap seats.

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