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Capuano Up, Vargas Out

By on May 29, 2010

According to this tweet from Tyler Barnes, the Brewers will indeed be adding Chris Capuano to the roster. To make space on both the 25 and 40 man rosters, Claudio Vargas will be designated for assignment.

Chris Capuano has put together some very good starts for the Brewers down in the minor leagues. In three starts for Brevard County and four starts for Nashville, Capuano allowed eight runs (seven earned). He struck out 33 batters and only walked four. His FIP of 2.53 between both levels is certainly fantastic, but it’s also heavily boosted by the fact that he didn’t allow any home runs – something he likely won’t be able to do in the majors. Capuano’s success will be determined by his ability to keep the ball in the park. He won’t strike out a ton of guys, but his control appears to be there.

As encouraging as the minor league results are, don’t expect Capuano to set the world on fire – he never posted an FIP below 4.00 as a major leaguer and there’s no reason to expect him to do it now, after all of his injury issues. As a starter, something between 4.50 and 5.00 would be gravy.

Nobody is disappointed to see Claudio Vargas go. He’s allowed 16 runs in under 20 innings, and there’s no reason to think that he’ll be any better. He walks too many guys and can’t keep the ball on the ground. He’s a below replacement level pitcher now, and certainly doesn’t deserve a roster spot.

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