Saunders: Tommy Kahnle makes Rockies’ roster


Via Patrick Saunders: Right-hander Tommy Kahnle has made the Rockies’ Opening Day roster. They selected him from the Yankees in the Rule 5 Draft back in December. He is filling former Yankee Boone Logan‘s spot since the lefty is not all the way back from offseason elbow surgery.

Kahnle, 24, must remain on Colorado’s 25-man active roster all season, or be offered back to the Yankees. He had a 2.85 ERA (3.85 FIP) in 60 innings for Double-A Trenton last season, and this spring he allowed just one run in 9.2 innings. Kahnle throws very hard but his command is spotty at best. As with most Rule 5 Draft players, the odds are greatly in favor of him being offered back to the Yankees at some point.

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  • Mouse

    The Yankees sure did cut ties with Boonie just at the right time. As for Kahnle, good for him. The Yankees wouldn’t have room for him anyway and would have stashed him in the minors.

  • gageagainstthemachine

    How do they calculate injuries into the Rule 5 status? Meaning: if he gets hurt bad enough to be dropped from the 25 man, does he gets returned or does it have to be a choice of performance to be dropped from the 25 man which would warrant his return to the Yankees? Anyone know?

    • Aims

      I believe that if he is on the MLB DL, then that is treated the same as the 25 man roster, so if he was out the whole season, he would become Rockies property moving forward. Thats how we ended up keeping Cabral after he was barely on the 25 man after we snagged him from Boston.

    • Mike Axisa

      He has to spend at least 90 days on the active roster (not the DL), otherwise the Rule 5 rules carry over to next season.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Best of luck to him. Still has to last the season, though.

  • KennyH123

    I completely disagree with you. I think Kahnle is an outstanding young pitcher with great stuff, and will stick all year with the Rockies. You greatly underestimate this kid. In the past 4 minor league seasons he’s thrown 214 innings with 142 hits and 285 K’s.

    There is no reason on earth to jump to the conclusion he’s not gonna make it and will be offered back to the Yankees. It will not happen, and you heard it here first.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I can cherry pick too! You seemed to forget to mention his 122 walks over those 4 seasons (which works out to a 5.13 BB/9). Or that 112 of those Ks came two years ago in single A, or that he’s never pitched above AA. I’m not saying Kahle can’t make the majors more that when it comes to what Mike said “Kahnle throws very hard but his command is spotty at best. As with most Rule 5 Draft players, the odds are greatly in favor of him being offered back to the Yankees at some point.” There is no reason on Earth to jump the conclusion that Mike is wrong and Kahle isn’t going to get offered back to the team the same way I’d say at least 75% of Rule 5 guys get offered back.

    • Preston

      I have no doubt that Kahnle can have an MLB career. The question is will he stay in the majors for all of 2014. Given that he walked 6.75 batters per 9 last season and skipped AAA, and now has to perform in Coors field. I’d bet against it.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Maybe it will, but it’s still more likely that a pitcher who profiles as a hard-throwing middle reliever who’s never pitched above AA won’t last his entire first season in the bigs without rising the MiLB shuttle. I say he gets offered back.

  • Dicka24

    Good for Kahne. My guess is he gets roughed up in Coors, and gets offered back. Maybe the Yankees make a deal and let the Rockies keep him, for a player in return. Best of luck for him, and for the Yankees if they can get him, or a player of value back.

    Mike Trout just signed an extension with the Angels. 6 years and $145 million. Holy money bags. What’s up with the salaries in baseball? Miggy’s deal yesterday, and now $145 million for Trout. Don’t get me wrong, Trout is a superb player, but that’s a lot of coin for a pre-arb player. I get it though. It’s the cost of doing business in this market. When you consider the deals these young, controlled players are signing (Freeman in Atlanta for example), it makes you wonder how “cheap” good young players are going to be moving forward. From the Angels perspective, better to have Trout locked up through his age 28 season, than either lose him, or have to give him a longer, more absurd deal a few years from now. If a Seattle rolls along in 6 years offering a Cano like contract, you do like the Yanks did and walk away.

    • Dalek Jeter

      In his Arb years though he’s going to be making 5.25, 15.25, and 19.25 before making 33.25 ’18-20. I don’t know much about the Arbitration process, but those prices are steals for Trout’s ability.

      • Preston

        Ryan Howards Arb figures (he was a super two) were 10, 15, 19 and 20; Tim Lincecum (also a super two) got 9, 14, 18, 22. I’m fairly sure that Trout would have blown that out of the water, more like 15, 20, 25.

        • Dalek Jeter

          So even by arbitration standards it seems to be a great deal for the Angels.