Today we acquired RHP Luke Gregerson as the player to be named later from the Cardinals in exchange for Khalil Greene.
A 6'3", 200 lb reliever out of St. Xavier University, Luke was named a Texas League All-Star in 2008. Using a nasty slider and a good sinker that generates a lot of groundballs, Luke's career totals to date are: 2.72 ERA, 172 ip, 128 hits, 61 walks, and 196 strikeouts (and 48 saves). With the sinker/slider combination, Luke has been particularly tough on right-handed hitters, who have managed just a .504 OPS against him in his pro career.
We came into this spring knowing that a number of bullpen roles would be up for grabs, and with the recent loss of Mark Worrell for the year to elbow surgery (the other player acquired for Khalil) there are fewer guys in the mix. Our scouts believe that Luke could factor in our pen sometime in 2009, so we're excited to add him.