After two seasons, Odrisamer Despaigne has become for the Padres sort of what Tim Wakefield was for the Red Sox. Granted, he's more of a junkballer than a knuckleballer, but you get the idea: He'll make starts as needed but spend most of his time in the bullpen, offering a change of pace from all the flamethrowers that pervade the game today. Unfortunately, it's not a role that amounts to much Fantasy production. After a surprisingly competent rookie season, Despaigne has proven he's too hittable to be more than a streamer type even as a full-time starter and should probably go undrafted in Fantasy.
Despaigne was traded to the Orioles on Thursday in exchange for minor league pitcher Jean Cosme, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Despaigne may have the opportunity to compete for a rotation spot this spring, but a long-relief role probably represents his most realistic path to the Opening Day roster. He struggled badly in San Diego last season, posting a 5.80 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 125.2 innings, with 18 of his 34 appearances coming as a starter. Despaigne's inability to miss bats -- 5.4 K/9 for his career -- becomes an even bigger issue with the move out of San Diego and into the AL East.
The Padres have scratched rookie Colin Rea from his Sunday start with soreness in his forearm and elbow, per MLB.com. Odrisamer Despaigne will take the mound instead. Rea is winless in his last five starts, but has recorded a respectable 4.22 ERA.
The Padres confirmed that pitcher Colin Rea will make his Major League debut on Tuesday, per U-T San Diego. Rea is 5-4 with a 1.95 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A this season. Odrisamer Despaigne will be moved to the bullpen to create a spot in the rotation for Rea. Despaigne has started 17 games for the Padres this season and come out of the pen in five games. He's 5-8 with a 5.11 ERA.
Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne had a poor outing against the Brewers on Thursday. Despaigne allowed seven runs on nine hits over five innings to inflate his season ERA to 5.11. He walked three and struck out one, needing 95 pitches to get through the fifth. Despaigne (5-8) gave up an early run in the bottom of the first before serving up one of two three-run home run Khris Davis would hit. Despaigne would allow three more runs to cross in the fourth, as the Brewers downed the Padres 10-1 on Thursday. Despaigne has allowed at least six runs in three of his past nine starts, as Thursday's outing snapped a personal two-game winning streak for the sophomore hurler.
Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne pitched well in his outing against the Marlins on Saturday. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits over six-plus innings. He walked one and struck out five in the 5-3 victory. Despaigne (5-7) cruised through the first four innings, keeping the Marlins off the board. But he gave up a pair of runs in the fifth, and another in the seventh before being pulled from the game. But the Padres' offense had given their starter an early lead, and he was able to make it stand up. Despaigne is 2-1 with a 4.13 ERA over his past five appearances (four starts).