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Sergio Mitre and the Future of Phil Hughes

An interesting footnote in the Times' recap of the first game against the M's.

Helping Hughes’s case to stay is the veteran Sergio Mitre, who is 2-0 with a 2.88 E.R.A. in four starts for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Having Mitre as insurance for the rotation lessens the need for Hughes to fill that role.

Mitre is 28 years old, and one of the Marlins who needed TJ surgery after Girardi left, though I haven't heard Joe G. blamed as directly as for Josh Johnson (and Mitre's usage bears this out).

From 2002-2006, Mitre was a swing man, usually appearing in a dozen games or so, starting 7 and relieving the rest.  His high for IP was 60 in 2005.

In 2007, Mitre's innings jumped from 41 the previous season to 149.  He started 27 games and produced 180 hits, 41 BB and 80Ks.

Mitre's put his sinker to good use in the International League, and has held the opponents slugging down (albiet in a small smaple size).

I like the move (or non-move).  Mitre is the kind of guy who should be in the minors waiting to be called up for a spot start, not Phil Hughes.  Hughes is showing too much potential to waste his arm in AAA.