|The Marlins and Rockies exchanged righthanded pitching projects May 13, with Jorge Julio heading to Denver and Byung-Hyun Kim to Miami.|
|The Big Leaguers|
|Julio, 28, began the 2006 season with the Mets, finished it with the Diamondbacks, and now the Rockies become the fifth organization for which he’s pitched. Julio has legitimate power stuff, with a mid- to high-90s fastball and a high-80s slider, but he gets into trouble and is more hittable than he should be because he doesn’t locate his pitches well. Strikeouts have never been a problem for Julio (8.6 per nine innings for his career), but too many walks (4.4) and home runs (1.3) have. In his last game with the Marlins, he yielded a walk-off grand slam to Ryan Zimmerman.|
Kim, 28, has 44-52, 4.15 big league numbers and has racked up 86 saves, but since joining the Rockies in 2005, he’s been used mostly as a starter. Kim generates good velocity and a quality slider from a low-sidearm angle that righthanded batters find befuddling. They’ve hit just .216/.291/.337 off Kim in the big leagues. Like Julio, Kim has been a strikeout artist (8.7 per nine innings), though he’s been more in control of his walk (3.9) and home run (0.9) tendencies.
|Julio had failed miserably as Marlins closer–blowing both his save opportunities and posting a miserable 6-11 strikeouts-walks ratio–and needs a complete mechanical and confidence overhaul. Kim had failed to make the Rockies’ rotation out of spring training but is at least in working order. He provides a very tough look for opposing batters, as evidenced by his 31-11 strikeouts-walks in 24 Triple-A innings this season, and will be immediately inserted into Florida’s rotation.|