Injury-plagued Padres sign free-agent Ross Ohlendorf
The San Diego Padres signed Ross Ohlendorf to a major league contract according to team press release.
Ohlendorf, is a 29-year-old, 6′-4″, 245-pound right-hander who recently elected to opt out of his minor league contract, making him a free agent. This year he had a 4.61 ERA, striking out 37 batters (6.3 K/9) and walking 15 (2.6 BB/9) in 52.2 innings over 10 starts for the Boston Red Sox triple-A affiliate, Pawtucket.
Ohlendorf has been hit by the injury bug, and what better place to regain some value than PETCO Park. The Padres had some interest in him during the offseason, too, so it appears to be a logical match for the right-hander and the injury-plagued Padres.
Olendorf has a 4.77 ERA over five major league seasons. He posted very respectable numbers from ’09-’10 in the Pirates organization. In 2009, he went 11-10 with the Pirates in 176.2 IP, with a 3.93 ERA despite giving up 25 home runs. Pitching in the hitters graveyard of PETCO Park should keep the long balls in the park. Before having injury problems in 2010, he went 1-11, mainly due to lack of run support on a terrible Pirates team, with a 4.07 ERA.
Olendorf works with a low, three-quarters arm slot. He has fluid, easily repeatable delivery. He Sits between 89-92 mph with his fastball with some solid sinking action. He mixes in a fringe slider with tilt, and has an above-average change-up that can look deceptive to hitters. He has a strong mound demeanor.