As reported in MLB Trade Rumors, San Francisco Giants Triple A Fresno right handed starter Kevin Pucetas has been sent to the Kansas City Royals to complete the August 13, 2010 trade for Jose Guillen.
The Royals immediately put Pucetas on their 40 man roster, a list which in recent years appeared to include random names from the Kansas City metro phone book. Pucetas will bring his 2010 1.713 WHIP to KC, which may qualify him as the Royals’ new ace.
Prior to being moved up to Fresno in 2009, Pucetas put up some good numbers: he was 7-1/2.17/60 SOs for Single A Salem-Keizer in 2006; 15-4/1.86/104 SOs for Single A Augusta in 2007; and 10-2/3.02/102 SOs for Single A San Jose in 2008.
But after being promoted to Fresno, Pucetas slid backwards; in 2009 he went 10-6/5.04/96 SOs, and his final 2010 line was 5-7/5.69/95 SOs. In 2008, Pucetas’ name came up as a fifth starter at San Francisco, and in possible trades for offensive help. He was the Giants’ 17th round pick in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft.