Royals acquire Brian Bannister
Despite his high walk total in his rookie season, Bannister gained a reputation as an excellent control pitcher in the minors. Drafted out of USC in the 7th round of the 2003 draft, Bannister compiled a minor league record of 29-19 with a 3.28 ERA in 397.1 IP, spanning four seasons. He maintained a stellar strikeout-to-walk ratio of better than 3-to-1, fanning 351 batters while walking just 111.
Bannister throws four pitches: a fastball that runs from 88-92 mph, along with a curve, change, and cutter. His true 12-to-6 curveball is his primary out pitch, although he also made great strides with his cutter after adding it to his repertoire prior to the 2005 season. Word is that the 6'-2", 210 lbs. Bannister holds back some on his four-seam fastball velocity in order to pinpoint his control, but he has more velocity when he needs it. Scout.com's Inside Pitch Magazine ranked Bannister as the Mets' fifth-best prospect this offseason.
The trade closes the book on Burgos' two-year career with the Royals. After flashing promising numbers as a rookie in 2005, his command regressed in 2006, and he had problems controlling his split-fingered fastball. During his two seasons with the Royals, Burgos had a 7-10 record with a 4.81 ERA. In 136.2 Major League innings pitched, he has struck out 137 batters while walking 68.
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