Earlier today, the Padres acquired a couple players by trade with the Brewers. They’ve added the likes of Drew Pomeranz, Zach Davies and Trent Grisham in exchange for Luis Urias and Eric Lauer. You may be thinking that the Padres added lower-quality pitching and lost out on some young talent, but here’s why I think this is a great trade for the Padres.
Since moving to a bullpen and relief role last year, Pomeranz has been fantastic. Before he was traded to the Brewers, he pitched 5 1/3 innings out of the ‘pen and allowed 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, and struck out 8. His fastball velocity and pitch spin rates also went up.
Now understand that this is a small sample size, but his success continued when he was traded to the Brewers. With Milwaukee, he pitched 15 1/3 innings posting a 2.35 era and striking out over 40% of the batters he faced. In that span, he ranked 10th in xwOBA (expected weighted on-base average which is formulated using exit velocity, launch angle and sprint speed). That success put him in a category with names like Justin Verlander, Jack Flaherty, and Gerrit Cole.
Now Zach Davies is a younger arm than Pomeranz and has shown improvement over the last few seasons. He’ll most likely be a starting pitcher as opposed to Pomeranz who will see more time out of the bullpen. Davies had a strong season in 2017 where he won 17 games, but his era was close to 4.00. Last year Davies compiled a strong season with an era close to 3.50. Transitioning from a hitters park in Milwaukee to a pitchers park in San Diego should only help his era moving forward.