Friday, March 28, 2008
The Diamondbacks have traded pitcher Dustin Nippert to the Rangers for minor leaguer Jose Marte. Nippert was once regarded as the top pitching prospect in the Diamondbacks farm system, but has struggled thus far. In three seasons, he is 2-3 with a 6.43 ERA, but has shown signs of improvement over the past three seasons. He is 6'8 and has a couple solid pitches, but he needs a better number two pitch to compliment his fastball, in my opinion. The Rangers have not said what his role will be just yet, but I'm sure he will be a spot starter.
As for Marte, 24, he struggled in Single-A and I really do not see much upside in him. However, he has got a strong fastball, so if he can get some of his other pitches together, maybe he will make it.