By Jim Callis
April 9, 2005
A day after trading for Bobby Seay, the Rockies acquired another pitcher on Saturday. They picked up Jose Acevedo from the Reds for Allan Simpson in an exchange of righthanders who were promptly assigned to Triple-A clubs.
Acevedo, 27, has earned the tag of a 4-A pitcher because he has done well in Triple-A but consistently been shelled in the majors. He spent all of 2004 with Cincinnati, going 5-12, 5.94 in 39 games (27 starts). He had a 117-45 strikeout-walk ratio in 158 innings, while opponents tattooed him for a .292 average and 30 homers. He throws strikes but pays for lacking an out pitch in his repertoire, which includes a fastball, cutter and changeup. Acevedo has a career 16-21, 5.59 in 68 big league games.
Simpson, 27, signed with the Mariners as an eighth-round pick out of Taft (Calif.) JC in 1997. Traded to the Rockies for righty Chris Buglovsky in December 2003, Simpson made his big league debut last year, going 2-1, 5.08 in 32 appearances. He had a 46-20 strikeout-walk ratio in 39 innings, and opponents hit .289 with four homers against him. Simpson usually works in the mid-90s from a low three-quarters arm slot, but he needs to improve his slider and control to make an impact in the majors.