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April 08, 2004


Claimed pitcher CORY VANCE off waivers from Colorado.

Colorado had a roster crunch that forced some unpalatable decisions. Essentially, they gave up on the 24-year-old and 4th-round pick Vance to keep Denny Hocking. Vance struck out 9.3 batters per nine innings as Mark Teixeira's teammate with Georgia Tech in 2000. Then, he struck out 8.3 per nine in A, 6.8 per nine in AA, 5.5 per nine in AAA, and 3.8 per nine in limited play in the Majors. See a pattern? Vance hasn't done anything special above A-ball and probably won't ever pan out, but Texas had an extra roster spot and was wise to use it on him. He should join a pretty solid rotation in AAA Oklahoma.

Posted by Lucas at April 8, 2004 01:21 PM